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Single Idea 19249

[catalogued under 16. Persons / C. Self-Awareness / 2. Knowing the Self]

Full Idea

'Know thyself' does not mean instrospect your soul. It means see yourself as others would see you if they were intimate enough with you.

Gist of Idea

'Know yourself' is not introspection; it is grasping how others see you


Charles Sanders Peirce (Reasoning and the Logic of Things [1898], V)

Book Reference

Peirce,Charles Sanders: 'Reasoning and the Logic of Things', ed/tr. Ketner,K.L. [Harvard 1992], p.186

A Reaction

When it comes to anger management, I would have thought that introspection had some use. You can see a tantrum coming before even your intimates can. Nice disagreement with Sartre! (Idea 7123)

Related Idea

Idea 7123 Knowing yourself requires an exterior viewpoint, which is necessarily false [Sartre]