Thirdness as the observer observed: From habit to law by way of Habitus

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In order to study the notion of habit as an instance of Thirdness in Peirce’s work, it is necessary to go back to the intuitions at the basis of Peirce’s categories, trying to spell out concretely, as I think this has not been done before, the meaning of the three categories. This involves entangling the notions of fallibilism and of the collaborative work of the community of scholars, which may not have been taken seriously by most scholars pursuing the Peircean tradition. It is suggested that Peirce’s phenomenology is a version of Husserl’s phenomenology imposing a lot of constraints on the variation in imagination. In order to make sense of habit as Thirdness, we have to extend Peircean phenomenology into Husserlean phenomenology, abandoning the language of degeneracy, which is not very enlightening. Important contributions to the study of habit has also been made by several sociologists and psychologists.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • General Language Studies and Linguistics
  • Philosophy


  • Husserl, Mediation, Phaneroscopy, Phenomenology, Thirdness
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics
EditorsDonna E. West, Myrdene Anderson
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-45920-2
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-45918-9
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Publication categoryResearch

Publication series

NameStudies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics
ISSN (Print)21926255
ISSN (Electronic)21926263