Mind, Self, and Society: The Definitive Edition

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University of Chicago Press, May 12, 2015 - Social Science - 536 pages
George Herbert Mead is widely recognized as one of the most brilliantly original American pragmatists. Although he had a profound influence on the development of social philosophy, he published no books in his lifetime. This makes the lectures collected in Mind, Self, and Society all the more remarkable, as they offer a rare synthesis of his ideas.

This collection gets to the heart of Mead’s meditations on social psychology and social philosophy. Its penetrating, conversational tone transports the reader directly into Mead’s classroom as he teases out the genesis of the self and the nature of the mind. The book captures his wry humor and shrewd reasoning, showing a man comfortable quoting Aristotle alongside Alice in Wonderland.

Included in this edition are an insightful foreword from leading Mead scholar Hans Joas, a revealing set of textual notes by Dan Huebner that detail the text’s origins, and a comprehensive bibliography of Mead’s other published writings. While Mead’s lectures inspired hundreds of students, much of his brilliance has been lost to time. This new edition ensures that Mead’s ideas will carry on, inspiring a new generation of thinkers.

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User Review  - jorgearanda - LibraryThing

Awfully dense, I'm afraid, and dated, and idiosyncratic in some ways (as in the insistence to draw hard lines between humans and other sentient beings). But Mead's key ideas are powerful and compelling, and the world looks different to me now, after reading him. Read full review


The Self
Supplementary Essays
The Sources of Mind Self and Society by Daniel R Huebner
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George Herbert Mead (1863–1931) was an American philosopher, sociologist, and psychologist, who spent much of his career teaching at the University of Chicago. He is regarded as one of the founders of social psychology and the American sociological tradition in general.

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