Dr Catherine W Legg

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: BA(Hons) Melbourne, MA Monash, PhD A.N.U.

School of Social Sciences


About Catherine

I am a philosopher trained in the analytic tradition who also identifies as a classical American pragmatist, with a particular passion for the thought of Charles Peirce. Peirce's elegant observation, "Symbols grow", sums up for me a lot of what is original and exciting in his work.

I also have strong research interests in IT. In 2012 I was awarded a grant from the New Zealand Marsden Fund with Professor Ian Witten, Department of Computer Science, University of Waikato. The project is running for 3 years and is titled, “A Self-correcting Knowledge base for Large-scale Knowledge Engineering.” With the help of Samuel Sarjant, our postdoc, we are building a giant ontology, with question-and answer functionality, entirely automatically from concepts mined from Wikipedia and other sources freely available on the Web.


Logic; artificial intelligence; American philosophy (pragmatism); metaphysics; philosophy of knowledge; philosophy of science; semiotics; meaning.

Research Interests

Pragmatism (especially Charles Peirce), metaphysics (including formal ontology), philosophy of language, semiotics, philosophical logic, artificial intelligence, philosophy of science, history of analytic philosophy, early modern philosophy,Wittgenstein.

Recent Publications

  • Legg, C. (2017). Diagrammatic teaching’: The role of iconic signs in meaningful pedagogy. In I. Semetsky (Ed.), Edusemiotics – A Handbook (pp. 29-45). Singapore: Springer.

  • Legg, C. (2016). Is truth made?. In New Zealand Association of Philosophers Annual Conference (NZAP). Conference held at University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

  • Peters, M. A., Jandric, P., Irwin, R., Locke, K., Devine, N., Heraud, R., . . . Forster, D. (2016). Towards a philosophy of academic publishing. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 48(14), 1401-1425. doi:10.1080/00131857.2016.1240987 Open Access version: hdl:10289/10721

  • Legg, C. W. (2016). [Keynote] Scientific integrity: A pragmatist examination of theory and practice in the ethics of inquiry. In Science and Values in Peirce and Dewey: A Conference in Honour of Angus Kerr-Lawson. Conference held at University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

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Papers Taught

Associations and Memberships

Australasian Association of Philosophy Council (from 2012)

Program Committee, The Charles S. Peirce International Centennial Congress 2014

Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Legg, Dr Catherine 9353 clegg K.3.14 Philosophy Programme