The Charles S. Peirce Society


The Charles S. 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.

The call for submissions to the next Peirce Society Essay Contest will be issued in 2017.


Past Winners of the Peirce Society Essay Contest

2015-16: Francesco Bellucci (Tallinn University of Technology), "Inferences from Signs. Peirce and the Recovery of the σημεῖον"
Honorable Mentions: 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"

2014-15: Aaron Wilson (South Texas College), "Peirce and the A Priori".
Honorable Mentions: William McAuliffe (Miami), "How did Abduction get Confused with Inference to the Best Explanation?"; Zhang Liuhua (East China Normal University), "A Plea for a Peircean Turn in Justifying Logic."

2013-14: Gabriele Gava (Germany), "What is Wrong with Intuitions? An Assessment of a Peircean Criticism of Kant."

2012-13: Masato Ishida (USA), "A Peircean Reply to Quine's Two Problems"

2011-12: Jean-Marie Chevalier (France), "Peirce's Critique of the First Critique: A Leibnizian False Start"

2010-11: Richard Atkins (USA), "This Proposition is not True: C.S. Peirce and the Liar Paradox" (Transactions 47 (4), Fall 2011, pp.421-444)

2009: Andrew F. Smith (USA), "Truth, Negation, and the Limit of Inquiry: Revisiting the Problem of Buried Secrets"

2008: Daniel Campos (USA), "Imagination, Concentration, and Generalization: Peirce on the Reasoning Abilities of the Mathematician" (Transactions 45 (2), Spring 2009, pp.135-156)

2007: Daniel McKaughan (USA), "From Ugly Duckling to Swan: C. S. Peirce, Abduction, and the Pursuit of Scientific Theories" (Transactions 44 (3), Summer 2008, pp.446-468)

2006: Jérôme Havenel (France), "Peirce's Clarifications on Continuity" (Transactions 44 (1), Winter 2008, pp.86-133)

2005: Shannon Dea (Canada), "'Merely a Veil Over the Living Thought': Math and Logic in Peirce's Forgotten Spinoza Review" (Transactions 42 (4), Fall 2006, pp.501-517)

2004: John Jacob Kaag (USA), "Continuity and Inheritance: Kant's Critique of Judgement and the Work of C.S. Peirce" (Transactions 41 (3), Summer 2005, pp.515-540)

2003: Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen (Finland), "Peirce's Magic Lantern: Moving Pictures of Thought"

2002: Mathias Girel (France), "The Metaphysics and Logic of Psychology: Peirce's Reading of James's Principles" (Transactions 39 (2), Spring 2003, pp.163-203)

2001: Jesse Norman (England), "Provability in Peirce's Alpha Graphs" (Transactions 39 (1), Winter 2003, pp.23-41)

2000: Menno Hulswit (the Netherlands), "Semeiotic and the Cement of the Universe: A Peircean Process Approach to Causation" (Transactions 37 (3), Summer 2001, pp.339-363)

1999: Mats Bergman (Finland), "Reflections on the Role of the Communicative Sign in Semeiotic" (Transactions 36 (2), Spring 2000, pp.225-254)

1998: Jeffrey Kasser (USA), "Peirce's Supposed Psychologism" (Transactions 35 (3), Summer 1999, pp.501-526)

1997: Sami Pihlstrom (Finland), "Peircean Scholastic Realism and Transcendental Arguments" (Transactions 34 (2), Spring 1998, pp.382-413)

1996: (tie) Timothy Herron (USA), "C. S. Peirce's Theory of Infinitesimals" (Transactions 33 (3), Summer 1997, pp.590-645) and Robert Lane (USA), " Peirce's 'Entanglement' with the Principles of Excluded Middle and Contradiction" (Transactions 33 (3), Summer