Synopses & Reviews
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 Meads meditations on social psychology and social philosophy. Its penetrating, conversational tone transports the reader directly into Meads 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 texts origins, and a comprehensive bibliography of Meads other published writings. While Meads lectures inspired hundreds of students, much of his brilliance has been lost to time. This new edition ensures that Meads ideas will carry on, inspiring a new generation of thinkers.
Arranged and integrated to reveal epistemology, phenomenology, theory of signs, other major topics.
"An excellent, discerning introduction. It should prove a real boon to the student of Peirce." The Modern Schoolman
Charles S. Peirce was a thinker of great originality and power. Although unpublished in his lifetime, he was recognized as an equal by such men as William James and John Dewey and, since his death in 1914, has come to the forefront of American philosophy. This volume, prepared by the Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, formerly chairman of Columbia's philosophy department, is a carefully balanced exposition of Peirce's complete philosophical system as set forth in his own writings.
The 28 chapters, in which appropriate sections of Peirce's work are interwoven into a brilliant selection that reveals his essential ideas, cover epistemology, phenomenology, cosmology, and scientific method, with especially interesting material on logic as the theory of signs, pure chance vs, pure law in the universe, symbolic logic, common sense, pragmatism (of which he was the founder), and ethics.
Justus Buchler is author of Charles Peirce's Empiricism (1939), Philosophy: An Introduction (with J. H. Randall, Jr., 1942), and more recently, a series of books which form an ongoing philosophic structure: Toward a General Theory of Human Judgement (1951), Nature and Judgment (1855), and The Concept of Method (1961). It has been said of these volumes, "A fresh and vital system of ideas has been introduced into the world of contemporary philosophy." (Journal of Philosophy).
"It is a very signal advantage to have this collection of Peirce's most important work within the covers of a single substantial volume. We should all be very grateful to Mr. Buchler." John Laird, Philosophy"
Arranged and integrated to reveal epistemology, phenomenology, theory of signs, other major topics. Includes "The Fixation of Beliefs," "How to Make Our Ideas Clear," "The Scientific Attitude and Fallibilism," "Philosophy and the Sciences: A Classification," " The Principles of Phenomenology," " Logic as Semiotic: The Theory of Signs," and "The Criterion of Validity in Reasoning."
George Herbert Mead is widely considered among the most influential philosophers in American pragmatism. Created from verbatim notes of his widely attended lectures at the University of Chicago, Mind, Self, And Society captures both the intellect and the personality of one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century and remains a seminal text in both social psychology and philosophy. This new, definitive edition includes an insightful foreword from leading Mead scholar Hans Joas, as well as a revealing set of textual notes by Dan Huebner that detail the origins of the text. The added materials will shed new light and spur new scholarship on this masterwork.
About the Author
George Herbert Mead (18631931) 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.
Table of Contents
1. CONCERNING THE AUTHOR
2. THE FIXATION OF BELIEF
3. HOW TO MAKE OUR IDEAS CLEAR
4. THE SCIENTIFIC ATTITUDE AND FALLIBILISM
5. PHILOSOPHY AND THE SCIENCES: A CLASSIFICATION
6. THE PRINCIPLES OF PHENOMENOLOGY
7. LOGIC AS SEMIOTIC: THE THEORY OF SIGNS
8. THE CRITERION OF VALIDITY IN REASONING
9. WHAT IS A LEADING PRINCIPLE?
10. THE NATURE OF MATHEMATICS
11. ABDUCTION AND INDUCTION
12. "ON THE DOCTRINE OF CHANCES, WITH LATER REFLECTIONS"
13. THE PROBABILITY OF INDUCTION
14. THE GENERAL THEORY OF PROBABLE INFERENCE
16. SOME CONSEQUENCES OF FOUR INCAPACITIES
17. THE ESSENTIALS OF PRAGMATISM
18. PRAGMATISM IN RETROSPECT: A LAST FORMULATION
19. CRITICAL COMMON-SENSISM
20. PERCEPTUAL JUDGMENTS
21. "TWO NOTES: ON MOTIVES, ON PERCEPTS"
22. THE APPROACH TO METAPHYSICS
23. THE ARCHITECTURE OF THEORIES
24. THE DOCTRINE OF NECESSITY EXAMINED
25. THE LAW OF MIND
26. "SYNECHISM, FALLIBILISM, AND EVOLUTION"
27. EVOLUTIONARY LOVE
28. THE CONCEPT OF GOD