The Hall of Mirrors

Kitcher Philip

in Preludes to Pragmatism

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199899555
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980154 | DOI:
The Hall of Mirrors

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This chapter argues that Adam Smith's commendation of the idea that people can “mirror” one another's experiences and feelings, in complex and ramifying ways as they consider the judgments of a hierarchy of third parties, can form the core of a conception of mutual engagement that is a prerequisite of ideal ethical discussion. Smith's proposal can be combined with the cognitive and experimental themes to which Dewey gives pride of place, to provide an overall standard for ethical discussion.

Keywords: Adam Smith; mirroring; experiences; feeling; judgments; mutual engagement; ethical discussio

Chapter.  9374 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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