Elizabeth F. Cooke
Elizabeth F. Cooke

Elizabeth F. Cooke

College of Arts and Sciences


  • Pragmatism, Philosophy of Science, American Philosophy

Academic Appointments


  • Philosophy


  • Professor

Publications and Presentations


  • Peirce's Pragmatic Theory of Inquiry: Fallibilism and Indeterminacy, Bloomsbury, 2007


  • Cooke, Elizabeth F. Review of 'The Pragmatic Maxim: Essays on Peirce and Pragmatism' by Christopher Hookway., Analysis, 74, 170-171, 2014
  • Cook, E. F. Peirce, Fallibilism, and the Science of Mathematics?.?, Philosophia Mathematica, 11, 158-175, 2003


  • “Pragmatism and Disunity in Science and Religion: Peirce and Cartwright”, Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series, 11, 1-18, 2015
  • “Peirce on Wonder, Inquiry, and the Semiotic Ubiquity of Surprise”, Chinese Semiotic Studies, 8:1, 178-200, 2014
  • “Peirce and the ‘Flood of False Notions,’” edited by Torkild Thellefsen and Bent Sørensen, De Gruyter Mouton,, Peirce in His Own Words: 100 Years of Semiotics, Communications and Cognition, 2014
  • “The Pragmatic Maxim and the Idea of Necessity in Mathematical Inquiry,”, Chinese Semiotic Studies, 6, 241-267, 2012
  • “Peirce on the Cognition of Reality through Error Recognition,”, Cybernetics and Human Knowing: A Journal of Second Order Cybernetics, Autopoeisis and Cyber, 19:1-2, 33-45, 2012
  • “Phenomenology of Error and Surprise: Peirce, Davidson, and McDowell,”, Transactions of the Charles S.Peirce Society, 47-1, 62-86, 2011
  • “Understanding Mathematical Inquiry as a Practice: Some Ontological Implications,”, Chinese Semiotic Studies, 2010
  • “The Function of Error in Knowledge and Meaning: Peirce, Apel, Davidson,” ed. M. Bergman, S. Paavola, A.-V., Pietarinen, and H. Rydenfelt; Nordic Studies in Pragmatism 1 (Helsinki: Nordic Pragmatism Network, 2010), 38-47., Ideas in Action: Proceedings of the Applying Peirce Conference, 38-47, 2010
  • “Peirce’s General Theory of Inquiry and the Problem of Mathematics,” ed. Matthew Moore (Chicago: Open Court, 2010), New Essays on Peirce’s Mathematical Philosophy, 169-202, 2010


  • “Science, Religion and Conflict: A Pragmatist Perspective,”Kripke Center, Symposium on Religion and the Sciences, Creighton University, 2014
  • “Peirce on Wonder, Inquiry, and the Semiotic Ubiquity of Surprise” (read in China on behalf of the author, Elizabeth Cooke), at the conference for the World Association for Theoretical Semiotics (WATS), 2012 Symposium, Nanjing Normal University, China, Major Theme: “Recent Results in Theoretical Semiotics.”, 2012