Pragmatism, Peirce, and the Pandemic
As A Critical Thinking Instructor, the coronavirus pandemic has been (hopefully) a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe how people weigh evidence, assess risk, and make value decisions. From the micro level of daily individual habits to the macro level of our species’ global response, every scale of our lives has required some degree of adaptation to this crisis. Unfortunately, my training and profession do not guarantee that my decisions and behavior are any better than yours. I am as fallible as anyone, but perhaps my background has provided me with more tools for coping with doubt. I am especially grateful to be a scholar of American pragmatism, as their commitments to fallibilism, scientific inquiry, and meliorism have been useful during this exceptional time.
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Spencer, A. (2022). Pragmatism, Peirce, and the Pandemic. The Pluralist, 17(2), 24-30.