Cornelis																 de Waal

Cornelis de Waal

Professor of Philosophy
Editor-in-Chief, Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society
Department: Philosophy
(317) 274-2171
Cavanaugh Hall (CA) 333C



  • PhD, Philosophy, University of Miami 1997
  • MA, Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam 1989
  • MA, Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam 1988
  • BA, Erasmus University Rotterdam 1984



Frequently taught courses: American Philosophy (P458/558), Introduction to Philosophy (P110), Logic (P162), Philosophy of Text (P383/P600), Pragmatism (P514), Twentieth-century Philosophy (P316), Topics in Contemporary Philosophy (P536).



Authored Books

Peirce: A Guide for the Perplexed. London: Bloomsbury, 2013. (Translated into Korean as Peoseu Chualhakeui Eehae, Seoul: Hankuk University Press, 2016.

On Pragmatism. Belmont: Wadsworth, 2005. (Translated into Portuguese as Sobre pragmatism. São Paulo: Edições Loyola, 2007.)

On Mead. Belmont: Wadsworth, 2002.

On Peirce. Belmont: Wadsworth, 2001. (Translated into Chinese as Pi Er Shi. Beijing: Zhong Hua Book Co., 2003; and in Bulgarian as За Пърс. Sofia: New Bulgarian University Press, 2015.)

Peirce Edition Project

Writings of Charles S. Peirce: A Chronological Edition, Volume 9: 1892–1893. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, forthcoming (Associate Editor).

Writings of Charles S. Peirce: A Chronological Edition, Volume 8: 1890–1892. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010 (Associate Editor).

Writings of Charles S. Peirce: A Chronological Edition, Volume 6: 1886–1890. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000 (Assistant Editor).

Edited Volumes

The Illustrations of the Logic of Science by Charles S. Peirce, Chicago: The Open Court, 2014.

The Normative Thought of Charles S. Peirce. New York: Fordham University Press, 2012 (with Krzysztof Skowroński).

Susan Haack: A Lady of Distinctions. Amherst: Prometheus, 2007.

Selected Articles

The Marriage of Religion and Science Reconsidered: Taking Cues from Peirce. 2014. Conference to Commemorate the 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions, February 21-22Events.

Against Preposterous Philosophies of Mind. 2014. In Torkild Thellefsen & Bent Sorenson (eds.), Charles Sanders Peirce in His Own Words. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. 297–303.

Who’s Afraid of Charles Sanders Peirce? Knocking some Critical Common Sense into Moral Philosophy. 2012. In Cornelis de Waal & Krysztof Piotr Skowronski (eds.), The Normative Thought of Charles S. Peirce. Fordham University Press. 83–100.

The History of Philosophy Conceived as a Struggle Between Nominalism and Realism. 2010. Semiotica 2010(179): 295–313.
A Pragmatist World View: George Herbert Mead’s Philosophy of the Act. 2008. In C. J. Misak (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of American Philosophy. Oxford University Press.

Searching for some Real Doubt. 2008. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 44(2): 201–204.

Having an Idea of Matter: A Peircean Refutation of Bekeleyan Immaterialism. 2006. Journal of the History of Ideas 67(2): 291–313.

Science Beyond the Self: Remarks on Charles S. Peirce’s Social Epistemology. 2006. Cognitio 7(1): 149–163.

Why Metaphysics Needs Logic and Mathematics Doesn’t: Mathematics, Logic, and Metaphysics in Peirce’s Classification of the Sciences. 2005. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 41(2): 283–297.

Charles Sanders Peirce: The Architect of Pragmatism. 2003. Philosophy Now43: 8–11.

Eleven Challenges to the Pragmatic Theory of Truth. 1999. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 35(4):748–766.

Peirce’s Nominalist-Realist Distinction, an Untenable Dualism. 1998. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 34(1): 183–202.

Locke’s Criterion for the Reality of Ideas: Unambiguous but Untenable. 1997. The Locke Newsletter 28: 29–50.

The Real Issue between Nominalism and Realism, Peirce and Berkeley Reconsidered. 1996. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 32(3): 425–442.

Additional publications available at PhilPapers.

Academic Interests

Academic Interests

Charles S. Peirce, pragmatism, philosophy of science, metaphysics



Advisory Board, Pragmatism Cybrary;
Advisory Board, Nederlandse Stichting voor Wijsgerig Pragmatisme.