Volume 4, 2008
Approaches to Philosophy
Renovating Philosophical Practice through Diagrammatic Reasoning
The approach to the question of philosophical practice has been dominated by a subordination of practice to theory corresponding in general to a representational conception of philosophy. Methods of diagrammatic reasoning developed within philosophical semiotics provide a more effective approach. In
particular, Peirce’s system of existential graphs exemplifies how diagrammatic reasoning is able formally to express the processes through which philosophical dialogue and cooperation actually take place and to link such processes to the methods and practices arising in other disciplines and traditions, including those of science, politics, art, religion and technological production.