A Contemporary Re-examination of His Thought New edition
By (author) Hans Joas
G.H.Mead by Hans Joas
Book DescriptionThe work of American pragmatist George Herbert Mead (1863-1931) had a strong influence in fields ranging from metaphysics and ethics to sociology and social psychology. In this book, Hans Joas interweaves Mead's political and intellectual biography with the development of his theories. The key concept of the study is "practical intersubjectivity," a term Joas introduces to characterize the link implicit in Mead's work between a theory of intersubjectivity and a theory of praxis. Throughout the book, Joas stresses the practical, social, and political nature of Mead's work. Besides comparing Mead to the other American pragmatists, Joas discusses the relation between Mead's thought and that of such Europeans as Habermas, Apel, Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, and Piaget.Joas's revisionist portrait of Mead as a socially engaged intellectual, with its emphasis on his relevance for contemporary philosophy and social science, has been a key factor in the revival of interest in Mead. The author's new preface includes an update on pragmatism studies in general and on Mead studies in particular.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780262600293
(229mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 31-Oct-1997
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Hans Joas
Mind, Self, and Society, Paperback (May 2015)
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 book captures his wry humor and shrewd reasoning, showing a man comfortable quoting Aristotle alongside Alice in Wonderland.
Sacredness of the Person, Paperback (February 2013)
What are the origins of the idea of human rights and universal human dignity? How can we most fully understand - and realize - these rights going into the future? This title sets out a path, proposing an affirmative genealogy in which human rights are the result of a process of "sacralization" of every human being.
War in Social Thought, Hardback (October 2012)» View all books by Hans Joas
While focusing on social thought, this book draws on many disciplines, including philosophy, anthropology, and political science. It demonstrates the profound difficulties social thinkers - including liberals, socialists, and those intellectuals who could be regarded as the sociologists - had in coming to terms with the phenomenon of war.
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Author Biography - Hans Joas
Hans Joas is Professor of Sociology at the Free University, Berlin.
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