Wednesday, May 28, 2003

THE DARK SIDE OF (POST-) MORMON PRAGMATISM: It looks as though FARMS is finally going to be publishing my piece on secret combinations. This afternoon as I was doing some final research for the paper in Wiedner, I came across an interesting old Dialogue article on Mark Hoffman's relationship with the "New Mormon History." Interestingly, the article sketched out Hoffman's own assessment of his personal philosophy. According to the article, Hoffman saw (and presumeably still sees) himself as a pragmatist, adopting beliefs on the basis of what allows him to best get along in the world. For him apparently this included murder, theft, and forgery, although his case graphically points to one of the chief problems of pragmatism as a philosophical system: coming up with an understanding of just what it means for an idea to "work."