Pragmatism and the Secret Self

Karen Hanson

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Can pragmatism account for the private aspect of the self? The classical pragmatists - Peirce, James, Mead, and Dewey - mount various attacks on the Cartesian view of the self, and they offer varied and attractive positive accounts of the person. But does pragmatism adequately acknowledge privacy or personal "inwardness"? I explore here the pragmatic picture of the self, drawing on all the classical sources, and I assess the adequacy of pragmatic resources for describing and explaining the puzzles of personal privacy.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-45
Number of pages18
JournalCOGNITIO: Journal of Philosophy
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001


  • Pragmatism
  • Peirce
  • Dewey
  • James
  • Mead
  • Descartes
  • Philosophy

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