Our Glassy Essence

Richard Menary

in The Oxford Handbook of the Self

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199548019
Published online May 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 Our Glassy Essence

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This article examines the pragmatic conception of self. It describes the views of classical pragmatists Charles Sanders Peirce, William James, John Dewey, and George Herbert Mead on the concept of self. It explains the pragmatic concept of self reinforces the agentive idea that what we do makes us who we are. It suggests that there is no pre-established certainty in the self and that it is marked by fallibility. It outlines the pragmatist assault on the Cartesian picture of the self and contrasts it with the fallible self of pragmatism.

Keywords: self; classical pragmatists; Charles Sanders Peirce; William James; John Dewey; George Herbert Mead; agentive idea; fallibility; pre-established certainty

Article.  10727 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Moral Philosophy ; Social and Political Philosophy

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