#27: History of Pragmatism with Tim Keefe Part 2 - The Metaphysical Club

They all believed that ideas are not “out there” waiting to be discovered, but are tools— like forks and knives and microchips— that people devise to cope with the world in which they find themselves
— Louis Menand, The Metaphysical Club

American Pragmatism was born out of the conversations of a small group of men who called themselves “the Metaphysical Club”. It was a group made of  lawyers, scientists, and philosophers, who shared an interest in Darwin, as well as a common conviction that beliefs have consequences. 

It was in this club where William James first heard Charles Peirce read his “pragmatic maxim”: “Consider what effects, which might conceivably have practical bearings, we conceive the object of our conception to have. Then, our conception of these effects is the whole of our conception of the object”. 

Charles S. Peirce, “Father of American Pragmatism” (1839-1914)

Charles S. Peirce, “Father of American Pragmatism” (1839-1914)

In this episode, Tim Keefe joins the show to talk about the most influential ideas of the Metaphysical Club, as well as Charles Peirce’s “pragmatic maxim”. 

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#28: History of Pragmatism with Tim Keefe Part 3 - William James

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