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Mind, Self, and Society: From the Standpoint of a Social Behaviorist

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Written from the standpoint of the social behaviorist, this treatise contains the heart of Mead's position on social psychology. The analysis of language is of major interest, as it supplied for the first time an adequate treatment of the language mechanism in relation to scientific and philosophical issues.

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Overview

Written from the standpoint of the social behaviorist, this treatise contains the heart of Mead's position on social psychology. The analysis of language is of major interest, as it supplied for the first time an adequate treatment of the language mechanism in relation to scientific and philosophical issues.

"If philosophical eminence be measured by the extent to which a man's writings anticipate the focal problems of a later day and contain a point of view which suggests persuasive solutions to many of them, then George Herbert Mead has justly earned the high praise bestowed upon him by Dewey and Whitehead as a 'seminal mind of the very first order.'"—Sidney Hook, The Nation

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  • ISBN-13: 9780226516677
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1934

Table of Contents

Part I. The Point of View of Social Behaviorism
1. Social Psychology and Behaviorism
2. The Behavioristic Significance of Attitudes
3. The Behavioristic Significance of Gestures
4. Rise of Parallelism in Psychology
5. Parallelism and the Ambiguity of "Consciousness"
6. The Program of Behaviorism
Part II. Mind
7. Wundt and the Concept of the Gesture
8. Imitation and the Origin of Language
9. The Vocal Gesture and the Significant Symbol
10. Thought, Communication, and the Significant Symbol
11. Meaning
12. Universality
13. The Nature of Reflective Intelligence
14. Behaviorism, Watsonism, and Reflection
15. Behaviorism and Psychological Parallelism
16. Mind and the Symbol
17. The Relation of Mind to Response and Environment
Part III. The Self
18. The Self and the Organism
19. The Background of the Genesis of the Self
20. Play, the Game, and the Generalized Other
21. The Self and the Subjective
22. The "I" and the "Me"
23. Social Attitudes and the Physical World
24. Mind as the Individual Importation of the Social Process
25. The "I" and the "Me" as Phases of the Self
26. The Realization of the Self in the Social Situation
27. The Contributions of the "Me" and the "I"
28. The Social Creativity of the Emergent Self
29. A Contrast of Individualistic and Social Theories of the Self
Part IV. Society
30. The Basis of Human Society: Man and the Insects
31. The Basis of Human Society: Man and the Vertebrates
32. Organism, Community, and Environment
33. The Social Foundations and Functions of Thought and Communication
34. The Community and the Institution
35. The Fusion of the "I" and the "Me" in Social Activities
36. Democracy and Universality in Society
37. Further Consideration of Religious and Economic Attitudes
38. The Nature of Sympathy
39. Conflict and Integration
40. The Functions of Personality and Reason in Social Organization
41. Obstacles and Promises in the Development of the Ideal Society
42. Summary and Conclusion Supplementary Essays I. The Function of Imagery in Conduct II. The Biologic Individual III. The Self and the Process of Reflection IV. Fragments on Ethics Bibliography Index

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