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The Timeliness of George Herbert Mead

George Herbert Mead is widely considered one of the most influential American philosophers of the twentieth century, and his work remains vibrant and relevant to many areas of scholarly inquiry today. The Timeliness of George Herbert Mead brings together a range of scholars who provide detailed analyses of Mead’s importance to innovative fields of scholarship, including cognitive science, environmental studies, democratic epistemology, and social ethics, non-teleological historiography, and the history of the natural and social sciences.

Edited by well-respected Mead scholars Hans Joas and Daniel R. Huebner, the volume as a whole makes a coherent statement that places Mead in dialogue with current research, pushing these domains of scholarship forward while also revitalizing the growing literature on an author who has an ongoing and major influence on sociology, psychology, and philosophy.

368 pages | 1 halftone, 1 table | 6 x 9 | © 2016

Philosophy: Philosophy of Mind

Sociology: Individual, State and Society


“A comprehensive and extremely useful collection of contemporary scholarship on the work of America’s most thoughtful and original social theorist.”

Michael Tomasello, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

“This first-rate collection of essays by European and North American scholars showcases cutting edge research. It demonstrates Mead’s importance as a founding pragmatist and his relevance to current developments in historiography, sociology, environmental philosophy, neuroscience, and much more. It is surely a must-read for anyone interested in the roots and continuing development of American philosophy.”

Larry H. Hickman | director emeritus, Center for Dewey Studies, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

“George Herbert Mead is an important figure in the development of both Chicago pragmatism and sociology, one whose work has finally begun to receive the careful attention it deserves. The thoughtful essays written by a variety of scholars for this volume do an outstanding job of explaining Mead's ideas and showing their continuing relevance for areas of contemporary scholarly concern. Joas and Huebner are to be congratulated for their excellent editorial work in bringing these essays to publication.”

Gary A. Cook | author of George Herbert Mead: The Making of a Social Pragmatist

Table of Contents

Hans Joas and Daniel R. Huebner

Part One: History, Historiography, Historical Sociology

1. Changing “Movements of Thought in the Nineteenth Century”: Historical Text and Historical Context
Charles Camic
2. On Mead’s Long Lost History of Science
Daniel R. Huebner
3. Pragmatism and Historicism: Mead’s Philosophy of Temporality and the Logic of Historiography
Hans Joas
4. George Herbert Mead and the Promise of Pragmatist Democracy
Robert Westbrook
5. The Theory of Intersubjectivity as a Theory of the Human Being: George Herbert Mead and the German Tradition of Philosophical Anthropology
Karl-Siegbert Rehberg

Part Two: Nature, Environment, Process

6. Naturalism and Despair: George Herbert Mead and Evolution in the 1880s
Trevor Pearce 
7. George Herbert Mead as a Socio-Environmental Thinker
Bradley H. Brewster and Antony J. Puddephatt          
8. Social Worlds: The Legacy of Mead’s Social Ecology in Chicago Sociology
Daniel Cefaï   
9. Mead, Whitehead, and the Sociality of Nature
Michael L. Thomas     

Part Three: Cognition, Conscience, Language

10. Mead, the Theory of Mind, and the Problem of Others
Ryan McVeigh
11. Imitation and Taking the Attitude of the Other
Kelvin Jay Booth
12. Mead Meets Tomasello: Pragmatism, the Cognitive Sciences, and the Origins of Human Communication and Sociality
Frithjof Nungesser
13. Conscience as Ecological Participation and the Maintenance of Moral Perplexity
Joshua Daniel 
14. Presentation and Re-Presentation: Language, Content, and the Reconstruction of Experience
Roman Madzia           
15. G. H. Mead’s Understanding of the Nature of Speech in the Light of Contemporary Research
Timothy Gallagher

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