Center for Pragmatism Studies
Cognitio: Journal of Philosophy

Center for Pragmatism Studies – Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP) - Brazil

The Center for Pragmatism Studies (CPS) from the Philosophy Graduate Program at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, Brazil, was founded in 1998, completing twenty years of history in 2018. It was born in the late 90’s with the intention of gathering students and researchers interested in classical and contemporary pragmatism and in all correlate philosophical disciplines.

Due to the main personal research focus of its founder, professor Ivo A. Ibri, the CPS mostly dedicates its studies to the work of Charles S. Peirce, and since its beginning the Center has contributed to a significant amount of researchers interested in Peirce’s thought. The CPS has three main research lines, namely, Pragmatism and Logic, Pragmatism and Ethics, and Pragmatism and Aesthetics, from which, over the years, have arisen Master and PhD dissertations and thesis.

For the first time, in 1998, the CPS organized the 1st Meeting on Pragmatism, held, by then, only by Brazilian professors. From 2000 on, the Meetings became the annually International Meeting on Pragmatism (IMP), since the conference started to count with the participation of international scholars.

In 2000, the journal Cognitio received its first edition, aiming to publish essays in the pragmatism field, largely collected from IMP’s conferences. Cognitio is currently the most prestigious work of the CPS; with its two annual volumes, it has gotten, national and internationally speaking, remarkable acknowledgment of its worth. Besides it, the CPS also edits the on-line journal Cognitio-Estudos, aimed to students and recent Masters and PhDs researchers. In its turn, this one is mainly focused on publishing short papers, most of them presented in the IMP’s sessions of communications.

The CPS plans to maintain and to improve such activities, maintaining an intense interchange with other international centers, and contributing to an approach of pragmatism committed with a permanent dialogue with the history of philosophy.


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