Dr Catherine W Legg
Qualifications: BA(Hons) Melbourne, MA Monash, PhD A.N.U.
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.
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.
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.
Legg, C. (2016). Charles Peirce's limit concept of truth. In Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Association Conference (FAPSA): “Philosophy Throughout the School Years”. Conference held at Te Wharewaka o Poneke, Wellington, New Zealand.
Legg, C. (2016). [Review of Peirce’s account of purposefulness: a Kantian perspective by Gabriele Gava]. International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 24(2), 267-270. doi:10.1080/09672559.2016.1158562
Legg, C. W. (2015). Grasping real mathematical thirdness. In Symposium on Peirce's Mathematics. Conference held at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia.
Associations and Memberships
Australasian Association of Philosophy Council (from 2012)
Program Committee, The Charles S. Peirce International Centennial Congress 2014
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