Pragmatism and the Meaning of America
Pragmatism has from the beginning moved along two separate paths. On one side is the “pure experience” evoked by William James while on the other is the impersonal semiotic machinery of Charles Sanders Peirce. Jamesian pragmatism, however, gestures towards the contingency of theory by claiming a space of self-exception while Peirce’s “pragmaticism” moves more decisively towards an embrace of radical contingency by theorizing a reality that remains (as yet) unknown. That is, Peirce’s pragmatism is able to theorize its own limitation. Turning to Peirce thus entails a turn to a posthumanist form of pragmatic thinking.
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