Habits as Meanings

  • Pentti MäättänenEmail author
Part of the Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics book series (SAPERE, volume 18)


According to Peirce, what a thing means is simply what habits it involves. Dewey gave essentially the same definition by saying that action and its consequence must be joined in perception, which relation gives meaning. This definition can be applied to symbols as well as to other objects of perception. The outcome of this analysis is a layered system of meanings with which we experience, interpret and understand our environment.


Habitual Action Experienced World Linguistic Meaning Everyday World Mimetic Action 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art StudiesUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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