Peirce’s philosophy can be interpreted as an integration of mysticism and science. In Peirce’s
philosophy mind is feeling on the inside and on the outside, spontaneity, chance and chaos
with a tendency to take habits. Peirce’s philosophy has an emptiness beyond the three worlds
of reality (his Categories), which is the source from where the categories spring. He emphasizes
that God cannot be conscious in the way humans are, because there is no content in
his “mind.” Since there is a transcendental3 nothingness behind and before the categories,
it seems that Peirce had a mystical view on reality with a transcendental Godhead. Thus
Peirce seems to be a panentheist.4 It seems fair to characterize him as a mystic whose path
to enlightenment is science as a social activity.
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