Il Peirce Archive è l’interessante sito del progetto dell’Università Humbolt di Berlino che contiene le digitalizzazioni dei numerossimi manoscritti di Pierce. I manoscritti spaziano dalla matematica alla logica, alla geologia, alla semiotica e storia della scienze e si caratterizzano per l’abbondanza di illustrazioni, schizzi, annotazioni, elementi essenziali per la comprensione del pensiero del filosofo.
Le digitalizzazioni presenti attingono all’Archivio del filosofo conservato presso l’Hougthon Library dell’ Harvard University.
“Convinced as he was that thought is done in the making, and that the creativity of our minds is only deployed when the latter is endowed “with pencil and plenty of paper”, Peirce manipulated his own papers as a sort of laboratory of his philosophical and scientific ideas. The reductions of this extraordinary laboratory to printed versions (which is, of course, ineludible) inevitably entails a loss of philosophical complexity.
The project aims at making up for this loss. To this point a specific dimension of the project’s work is also related, which concerns in particular the philosophical and interpertive importance of the non-textual and figurative material that is contained in Peirce’s Nachlass. Peirce was famously convinced of the pivotal role of images (and their experimental manipulation) for the production of intellectual content. Relying on this conviction, he put forth a diagrammatic logical calculus that has gained worldwide recognition as the most powerful non-verbal formalization of thought ever proposed. Over and above this, however, his papers literally bristle with countless drawings of all kinds (from scientific illustrations to caricatures and doodles) which strongly call for systematic examination.