Date of Award


Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Thomas Prendergast

Second Advisor

Robert B. Ashmore

Third Advisor

Keith Algozin

Fourth Advisor

Beatrice Zedler

Fifth Advisor

Stanley Harrison


In an unpublished manuscript, Charles Sanders Peirce "set down almost at random a small specimen questions of metaphysics which press, not for hasty, but for industrious and solid investigation."(6.6; circa 1903) One of these questions was "What is consciousness or mind like?" Scattered throughout the writings of Peirce are numerous discussions of this and related questions. On the surface, these discussions do not appear to be integrally related to one another; rather they seem to constitute a series of illuminating but disparate attempts to explain the nature of



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