2006 C.S. Peirce Essay Contest; deadline

2006 C.S. Peirce Essay Contest


Sponsored by The Charles S. Peirce Society


Topic: Any topic on or related to the work of Charles Sanders Peirce.

Length: Papers should not exceed the length of an average journal article. The presentation of the winning submission at the annual meeting cannot exceed 30 minutes reading time.

Open to: Graduate students and persons who have held a Ph.D. or its equivalent for no more than seven years.

Awards: $500 cash prize; presentation at the Society's annual meeting (held in conjunction with the Eastern APA); possible publication in the Society's Transactions.


Advice to Essay Contest Entrants: Winning entries must make a genuine contribution to the literature on Peirce. Entrants are therefore advised to become familiar with the major currents of work on Peirce to date, and to take care in their submissions to locate their views in relation to published material that bears directly on their topic. Very often, the development of Peirce's philosophical positions will need to be mentioned explicitly; as even submissions which focus on a single stage in that development can benefit from noting the stage on which they are focusing in reference to other phases of Peirce's treatment of the topic under consideration. This does not express a bias toward chronological studies of Peirce's thought, only an insistence on a chronologically informed understanding of whatever topic is explored. Moreover, contestants are encouraged to relate, even if only summarily or briefly, Peirce's treatment of a topic with contemporary discussions of the matter being considered. Establishing the relevance of Peirce's thought to the ongoing debates in contemporary philosophy and indeed other disciplines is here a desideratum.

We do not require but strongly encourage, where appropriate, citation of The Writings of Charles S. Peirce: A Chronological Edition. Ideally, citation of texts found in both the Collected Papers and The Writings should be to both CP and W.


Deadline: 30 September 2006

Submissions should be prepared for blind evaluation.




Electronic copies (Word for Windows or RTF files preferred) to: Prof. Mark Migotti -- mailto:


Print copies to:
The Charles S. Peirce Society
Department of Philosophy
Park Hall
Buffalo, New York 14260