Invigorating Philosophy for the 21st Century

July 16–19

UMass Lowell

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the death of C. S. Peirce, The Charles S. Peirce Society and The Peirce Foundation invite the submission of new papers and panel proposals for The Charles S. Peirce International Centennial Congress, to be held on July 16-19, 2014 at the Inn & Conference Center of the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The general theme of the congress is Invigorating Philosophy for the 21st Century. Confirmed plenary speakers include Douglas Anderson, Vincent Colapietro, Susan Haack, Christopher Hookway, Nathan Houser, Ivo Ibri, Cheryl Misak, Nicholas Rescher, Claudine Tiercelin, and Fernando Zalamea.

Peirce was one of the most creative and versatile intellectual figures of the last two centuries. Although his genius went largely unrecognized during his lifetime, his work has exerted a considerable influence on the development of philosophy and many other disciplines. In addition to his acknowledged role as one of the pioneers of pragmatism, formal logic, and philosophical sign theory, Peirce made groundbreaking contributions to mathematics, experimental psychology, cosmology, cartography, historiography, and the emerging field of computer science. Many treasures still wait to be unearthed from the rich corpus of the published and unpublished manuscripts of this seminal American mind.

The aim of the Centennial Congress is to advance scholarship on all aspects of Peirce’s thought and biography, and to investigate the relevance and potential of his philosophy for the 21st century—for contemporary philosophical debates and beyond. The organizers welcome interdisciplinary submissions and contributions from scholars in disciplines other than philosophy.

For complete instructions on submission of papers and panel proposals, please consult the full Call for Papers.

Questions concerning things other than submissions should be directed to both Robert Lane ( and John Kaag (

Conference Program: coming soon

The Conference Program is expected to be published by the end of March.

Conference Registration: coming soon

Online registration for the conference is expected to open by the end of April.

Events celebrating the centennial of Peirce’s death other than the 2014 Peirce International Centennial Congress are not affiliated with or sponsored by the Peirce Society or the Peirce Foundation.