Norbert Wiener as pragmatist | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 7, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 1757-1952
  • E-ISSN: 1757-1960



In this article we argue that Norbert Wiener, the mathematician and founder of cybernetics, can be considered a philosophical pragmatist. The article outlines his open yet limited relativism, his voluntary finitist theodicy, his reconfiguring of the divide between biology and technology, and his conception of message as organization. We argue these points resonate both with the thinking of Peirce, James and Royce and with ongoing problems in communication theory, especially the reconsideration of transmission.


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