Clarence Irving Lewis-Mind and the World Order

For our second meeting on Lewis we will read the final half of Mind and the World Order, chapters 7-11.

Clarence Irving Lewis is a transitional figure from early century American Pragmatism to mid-century Analytic philosophy. His writings and teaching at Harvard inspired a the generation of Analytic philosophy that rose to prominence in the 1940's and 1950's.

Influenced by Kant and influence Quine, his Mind and the World Order (1929) develops Lewis' views on logic and pragmatism into a unique epistemology "conceptual pragmatism." This highly influential and respected work is seldom read or taught today but it's unique insights into the theory of knowledge deserve greater attention.

The full text is available online from the Internet Archive in a variety of formats:

Reasonably priced copies are available on Amazon:

There are also two copies available in the Minuteman Library system:;jsessionid=7EB35B901A68098471D689C83488D663?lang=eng&suite=cobalt


For those who don't have the time to read the entire book, his short essay "A Pragmatic Conception of the a priori" (1922) is a good introduction to some of the key ideas and approach that he develops in Mind and the World Order:



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