more from John Dewey

Single Idea 22865

[catalogued under 16. Persons / B. Nature of the Self / 1. Self and Consciousness]

Full Idea

All habits are demands for certain kinds of activity; and they constitute the self.

Gist of Idea

Habits constitute the self


John Dewey (The Middle Works (15 vols, ed Boydston) [1910], 14:22), quoted by David Hildebrand - Dewey 1 'Acts'

Book Reference

Hildebrand,David: 'Dewey' [One World 2008], p.25

A Reaction

Not an idea I have encountered elsewhere. He emphasises that habits are not repeated actions, but are dispositions. I'm not clear whether these habits must be conscious.