Advertisement

Between Feeling and Symbolization: Philosophical Paths to Thinking About Oneself

  • Robert E. Innis
Chapter
Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 141)

Abstract

This chapter presents three philosophical paths to thinking about oneself in processes of self-reflection represented in the work of C.S. Peirce, John Dewey, and Susanne K. Langer. Self-reflection, they show, is a conjoint double action: (a) an existential search for self-knowledge, a becoming aware of what we have become and (b) a search for the right categories to be able to describe and ultimately to measure how we do or can live up to ‘what we are.’ Relying on analytical tools supplied by their linked philosophical and semiotic projects I sketch how we can construct an adequate conceptual frame for determining what is involved in the fateful and engaged practices of thinking about ourselves by ‘calling ourselves to mind.’

Keywords

Self-reflection Semiotics Pragmatism Self-inquiry Affect 

References

  1. Bachelard, G. 1938. The psychoanalysis of fire. Trans. Alan C. M. Ross. Boston: Beacon Press, 1964.Google Scholar
  2. Cassirer, E. 1923, 1925, 1929. The philosophy of symbolic forms, 3 vols. Trans. Ralph Manheim. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1953, 1955, 1957.Google Scholar
  3. ———. 1944. An essay on man. New Haven: Yale University Press.Google Scholar
  4. Colapietro, V. 1989. Peirce’s approach to the self: A semiotic perspective on human subjectivity. Albany: State University of New York Press.Google Scholar
  5. ———. 1995. Notes for a sketch of a Peircean theory of the unconscious. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society. Summer (1995), XXXI (3): 482–505.Google Scholar
  6. ———. 2006. Pragmatism and psychoanalysis – C. S. Peirce as a mediating figure. Cognition 7 (2): 189–205.Google Scholar
  7. ———. 2016. Experiments in self-interruption: A defining activity of psychoanalysis, philosophy and other erotic practices. The Journal of Speculative Philosophy. 30 (2): 128–143.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Dewey, J. 1896. The reflex arc concept in psychology. In Hickman and Alexander 1998, 2: 3–10.Google Scholar
  9. ———. 1908. Does reality possess practical character? In Hickman and Alexander 1998, 1: 124–133.Google Scholar
  10. ———. 1925. Experience and nature. Later Works. Vol. 1. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1988.Google Scholar
  11. ———. 1930. Qualitative thought. In Hickman and Alexander 1998, 1:195–205.Google Scholar
  12. ———. 1934. Art as experience. Later Works, Vol. 10. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1987.Google Scholar
  13. ———. 1935. Peirce’s theory of quality. In Hickman and Alexander 1998, 2: 371–376.Google Scholar
  14. ———. 1938. Logic: The theory of inquiry. Later works. Vol. 12, 1986. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press.Google Scholar
  15. ———. 1946. Peirce’s theory of linguistic signs, thought, and meaning. The Journal of Philosophy. 43 (4): 85–95.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. Hickman, Larry A. and Thomas M. Alexander 1998. The essential dewey, 2 vols. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.Google Scholar
  17. Hoffmeyer, J. 1993. Signs of meaning in the Universe. Trans. Barbara J. Haveland. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996.Google Scholar
  18. ———. 2005. Biosemiotics: An examination into the signs of life and the life of signs, 2008. Translated by Jesper Hoffmeyer and Donald Favareau. Edited by Donald Favareau. Scranton and London: University of Scranton Press.Google Scholar
  19. Houser, N. 1983. Peirce’s general taxonomy of consciousness. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society. 19 (4): 331–359.Google Scholar
  20. Innis, R. 1994. Consciousness and the play of signs. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.Google Scholar
  21. ———. 2009. Susanne Langer in Focus. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.Google Scholar
  22. ———. 2011. The ‘Quality’ of philosophy: On the aesthetic matrix of Dewey’s pragmatism. In The continuing relevance of John Dewey, ed. Larry A. Hickman, Matthew Caleb Flamm, and Krzysztof Piotr Skowroński, 43–59. Amsterdam/New York: Rodofi.Google Scholar
  23. ———. 2013. Peirce’s categories and Langer’s aesthetics: On dividing the semiotic continuum. Cognition 14 (1): 35–50.Google Scholar
  24. ———. 2014. On not beating one’s wings in the void. In Cultural psychology and its future, ed. Brady Wagoner, Nandita Chaudhary, and Pernille Hviid, 131–149. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.Google Scholar
  25. ———. 2016a. Existential goods of living in the instant: Life lessons from the ancients. The Journal of Speculative Philosophy 30 (2): 144–162.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  26. ———. 2016b. Affective semiosis: Philosophical links to cultural psychology. In Psychology as the science of human being, ed. Jaan Valsiner, Giuseppina Marsico, Nandita Chaudhary, Tatsuya Sato, and Virginian Dazzani, 87–104. Cham: Springer.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  27. ———. 2018a. Affectivating signs: On semiotic interruptions. In I activate you to affect me, ed. Carlos Cornejo, Giuseppina Marsico, and Jaan Valsiner, 47–69. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.Google Scholar
  28. ———. 2018b. Pragmatism and the language animal. Forthcoming in Cognitio, São Paulo.Google Scholar
  29. ———. 2019. Locating one’s life: Memory, mood, and self-reflection. To be published in The Journal of Speculative Philosophy.Google Scholar
  30. Joas, H. 1997. G.H. Mead: A contemporary re-examination of his thought. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.Google Scholar
  31. Jonas, H. 1966. The phenomenon of life: Toward a philosophical biology. New York: Harper and Row.Google Scholar
  32. Kull, K. 2001. Jakob von Uexküll: An Introduction. Semiotica 134-1 (4): 1–59.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  33. ———. 2002. A sign is not alive – A text is. Sign Systems Studies 30 (1): 327–336.Google Scholar
  34. ———. 2007. Biosemiotics and biophysics – The fundamental approaches to the study of life. In Introduction to biosemiotics, ed. M. Barbieri, 167–177. Dordrecht: Springer.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  35. Langer, S. 1930. The practice of philosophy. New York: Holt.Google Scholar
  36. ———. (1937). Introduction to symbolic logic. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 3rd rev. ed., New York: Dover, 1967.Google Scholar
  37. ———. 1942. Philosophy in a new key: A study in the symbolism of reason, rite and art. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 3rd ed., with new preface by the author, 1957.Google Scholar
  38. ———. 1953. Feeling and form: A theory of art developed from philosophy in a new key. New York: Scribner.Google Scholar
  39. ———. 1967. Mind: An essay on human feeling. Vol. 1. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.Google Scholar
  40. Mead, G.H. 1934. Mind, self, and society, with an Introduction ed. Charles W. Morris. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.Google Scholar
  41. Peirce, C.S. 1868. Some consequences of four incapacities. Essential Peirce 1: 28–55.Google Scholar
  42. ———. 1891. The architecture of theories. Essential Peirce 1: 285–298.Google Scholar
  43. ———. 1958–1966. Collected papers. Vols. 1–6, ed. Charles Hartshorne and Paul Weiss; Vols. 7–8, ed. A. W. Burks. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. Cited in text as CP followed by volume number and page number.Google Scholar
  44. Peirce, C. S. (1992). The essential peirce: Selected philosophical writings. Vol. 1, ed. Nathan Houser and C. Kloesel. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. Cited as EP 1.Google Scholar
  45. Polanyi, M. 1958. Personal knowledge: Towards a post-critical philosophy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.Google Scholar
  46. Singer, M. 1980. Signs of the self: An exploration in semiotic anthropology. The American Anthropologist 82 (3): 485–507.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  47. Taylor, C. 2016. The language animal: The full shape of the human linguistic capacity. The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
  48. Valsiner, J. 2014. An invitation to cultural psychology. New Delhi: Sage.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  49. ———. 2018. Ornamented lives. Charlotte, NC: Information Age.Google Scholar
  50. Von Uexküll, J 1934. Streifzüge durch die Umwelten von Tieren und Menschen. Springer. Trans. Joseph D. O’Neill as A foray into the worlds of animals and humans. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010, 41–135.Google Scholar
  51. ———. 1940. Bedeutungslehre. Leipzig: Barth; A theory of meaning. In A foray into the worlds of animals and humans, 139–208.Google Scholar
  52. Warnock, M. 1994. Time and imagination. Oxford: Blackwell.Google Scholar
  53. Wiley, N. 1994. The semiotic self. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert E. Innis
    • 1
  1. 1.Professor Emeritus of PhilosophyUniversity of Massachusetts LowellLowellUSA

Personalised recommendations