C. S. Peirce: Science, Religion and the Abduction of God

C. S. Peirce: Science, Religion and the Abduction of God

seminar from group Science, Reason and Faith.

Jaime Nubiola. Pamplona, 25 April 2017.


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Jaime Nubiola is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Navarra, Spain, where he has held various academic positions. He has been visiting scholar at Harvard, Glasgow and Stanford Universities.

He is the author of eleven books and more than a hundred articles on Philosophy of language, the history of analytical Philosophy , philosophical methodology, Philosophy American and pragmatism. He is a scholar of the figure and thought of the American scientist and philosopher Charles S. Peirce. He is the promoter of group de programs of study Peirceanos, which has disseminated C. S. Peirce's thought in the Spanish-speaking world for 25 years. He has been president of the Charles S. Peirce Society and was the chairman of the C. S. Peirce International Centennial Congress held in 2014.


The relatively scant attention that scholars of the American philosopher and scientist Charles S. Peirce (1839-1914) have paid over the years to the religious dimensions of his thought is surprising to say the least. The goal of my seminar is to emphasize that for Peirce belief in God is not only a natural product of abduction or "rational instinct," of the educated guesswork of the scientist or the common man, but also that scientific development and belief in God are interrelated. Not only is belief in God capable of changing the behavior of the believer, but for Peirce the reality of God gives meaning to the whole scientific business .

In an attempt to explain this question, exhibition is organised in six sections: 1) A brief presentation of Charles S. Peirce; 2) Peirce's religious spirit; 3) God and the scientific research ; 4) Belief in God as a product of abduction; 5) The reality of God and the development of science; and, by way of conclusion, 6) Some remarks about Peirce's religious context.