Between Feeling and Symbolization: Philosophical Paths to Thinking About Oneself

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


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.’


Self-reflection Semiotics Pragmatism Self-inquiry Affect 


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

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