McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Critical, Marcuse, Peirce, Pragmatism, Theory
My dissertation brings together representatives from two otherwise antagonistic traditions: Charles Peirce of the pragmatists and Herbert Marcuse of the critical theorists. I demonstrate the affinities between the two philosophers with a focus on their contributions to socio-political thought in advanced industrial societies. After addressing the antagonisms between the two traditions I offer a reading that allows for a Peircean complement to Marcuse's One-Dimensional Man and a Marcusean complement to Peirce's critique of the "method of authority" in his seminal essay, "The Fixation of Belief."
Smith, C. (2015). Critical Pragmatism: Peirce and Marcuse on the Socio-Political Influences on Human Development in Advanced Industrial Societies (Doctoral dissertation, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/1219