The Charles S. Peirce Society

The purpose of the Charles S. Peirce Society is to encourage study of and communication about the work of Charles S. Peirce and its ongoing influence in the many fields of intellectual endeavor to which he contributed.

Executive Committee

André De Tienne

Robert Neville

Shannon Dea

Elected Members:
Jean-Marie Chevalier
Gesche Linde
Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen

Transactions Editor-in-Chief:
Cornelis de Waal

Web Master:
Jérôme Vogel

Fellows of the
Charles S. Peirce Society

(living past Presidents):

Robert Almeder
Douglas Anderson
Karl Otto Apel
Richard J. Bernstein
Joseph Brent
Vincent Colapietro
Cornelius F. Delaney
Susan Haack
Carl R. Hausman
Risto Hilpinen
Christopher J. Hookway
Nathan Houser
Ivo Ibri
Kenneth L. Ketner
John Lachs
Larry Laudan
Isaac Levi
James Liszka
Cheryl Misak
Murray G. Murphey
Jaime Nubiola
Klaus Oehler
Andrew J. Reck
Nicholas Rescher
B. Gresham Riley
Don D. Roberts
Sandra B. Rosenthal
Lucia Santaella
Demetra Sfendoni-Mentzou
Michael Shapiro
Thomas L. Short
Claudine Tiercelin

Questions about our web site? Contact Jerome Vogel.

Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society
Membership in the Society is initiated by subscribing to its journal:

The Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society: A Quarterly Journal in American Philosophy.

Since its founding in 1965, this has been the premier peer-reviewed journal specializing in the history of American philosophy. Although named after the founder of American pragmatism, the Transactions covers all types of American thought, from the colonial period until the recent past.

2016-17 Peirce Society Essay Contest

The winner of this year's Essay Contest is Benoit Gaultier (Collège de France), for his paper "The Iconicity of Thought and its Moving Pictures: Following the Sinuosities of Peirce’s Path."

Honorable mentions: Jimmy Aames (IU Blioomington), "On the Double Function of the Interpretant," and Kenneth Boyd (Toronto), "Peirce, Ladd-Franklin, and the Development of the Proposition."

Dr. Gaultier will present his paper as part of the Peirce Society program at the 2017 APA Eastern Division meeting in Baltimore on Friday, January 6, 2017.

Calendar of Events on Pragmatism and American Philosophy
The Society maintains a calendar of meetings, conferences, workshops and other events pertaining to pragmatism and American philosophy.

The Charles S. Peirce Society was founded in 1946 by Frederic H. Young. The first President of the Society, elected in 1946, was Paul Weiss. Other early presidents include Carolyn Eisele, Charles Hartshorne, James K. Feibleman, Max Fisch, Thomas Goudge, Isabel Stearns, and Philip Wiener.

  • Complete list of Society Presidents
  • The story of the founding of the Society

    Annual Meeting
    Beginning in 2013, the Society will meet annually in conjunction with the meeting of the American Philosophical Association. The location of the meeting changes from year to year.
    The next Annual Meeting of the Society will be held Friday, January 8, 2016, 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington D.C., U.S.A.
    The Society will hold an additional session, Thursday, January 7, 2:00-5:00 p.m. with the following agenda:
    Chair: Richard Atkins (Boston College)
    Kenneth Boyd (Dalhousie University) and Diana Heney (Fordham University) “Rascals, Triflers, and Scientists: C. S. Pierce and the Centrality of Assertion”
    Claudia Cristalli (Scuola Normale Superieure di Pisa, Italy) “Is Perception like Signal Detection? Peirce’s Philosophical and Scientific Inquiry on Perception and Its Analogies with a Modern Hypothesis on Cognition”
    Robert Lane (University of West Georgia) “Peirce’s Theory of Truth: The Real Story”

  • Agenda of the 2016 Meeting
  • Minutes of Previous Business Meetings

    Essay Contest
    The Society sponsors an annual essay contest. Graduate students and recent Ph.D. degree holders are invited to submit high-quality research papers on any aspect of Charles S. Peirce's work. The essay contest winner receives a monetary prize, is invited to present the essay at the annual meeting of the Society, and is allowed to submit it for publication in the Society's journal. Click here for more information, including a list of recent winning essays.

    International Advisory Committee
    The Peirce Society's International Advisory Committee is an international group of prominent scholars of Peirce, pragmatism, and American philosophy. Click here for more information.

    The Peirce Society is a member of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP).

    Constitution of the Charles S. Peirce Society
    (amended December 28, 2008)

    Other Online Resources on Peirce, Pragmatism, American Philosophy, and Semiotics

    Associazione Pragma (Italy)

    Arisbe: The Peirce Gateway

    Centro de Estudos de Pragmatismo (CEP) (Brazil)

    The Charles S. Peirce Foundation

    Grupo de Estudios Peirceanos (Spain) / The Peirce Studies Group (English)

    The Peirce Edition Project

    The Pragmatism Cybrary

    Semiotic Society of America

    Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy