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The Role of Peirce's Critical Common-Sensism in his Pragmatism

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Francesco Poggiani
Penn State University
United States

This paper is an attempt to inquire into the general connection (often presupposed but not yet adequately explored) between Peirce’s Pragmatism and his doctrine of Critical Common-sensism. In particular, my aim is to establish the peculiar position of the latter within Peirce’s mature characterization of the pragmatic maxim. I will argue that Critical Common-sensism is a necessary component for the development of a thoroughly pragmatic conception of inquiry. The capacity to recognize and accept the contextual and yet indubitable force of certain “original” beliefs is indeed an essential part of the pragmatistic effort to envision and promote ever more pluralistic and open-minded models of philosophical reflection.


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