Pragmaticism as a logical study of consciousness

Ahti Veikko Pietarinen*

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    Pragmaticism states that general rules of action, or habits, are generalizing tendencies that lead us to action in conceivable situations describable in general terms. As a method of ‘putting questions to our minds,’ it assigns meanings to signs in terms of conceivable practical consequences for rational conduct. Questions are experiments on various ways of finding solutions in thoughts. This paper proposes pragmaticism as a logical method to study consciousness. In particular, perceptions of relations of differences create a “temporal contract” between states of minds that give rise to experiences. Peirce’s “dyadic consciousness” is this drafting of a contract between states of mind, anticipating and occasionally furthering beyond the key notions of 4E cognitive science.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)29-46
    Number of pages18
    JournalCognitive Semiotics
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - May 2021

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Linguistics and Language
    • Language and Linguistics
    • Communication

    User-Defined Keywords

    • 4E cognition
    • consciousness
    • existential graphs
    • pragmaticism
    • temporal contract


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