The Timeliness of George Herbert Mead

The Timeliness of George Herbert Mead

Hans Joas and Daniel R. Huebner

Print publication date: 2017

ISBN: 9780226376943

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


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, social ethics, non-teleological historiography, and the history of the natural and social sciences. The volume is divided into three main areas in which Mead’s thinking has inspired contemporary work. The first is the area of history, historiography, and historical sociology. The second follows from one of the fundamental reorientations of intellectual and political life in recent decades: the turn to a greater awareness of environmental problems, both in an empirical and in a normative sense, and the rethinking of earlier assumptions about “man and nature” in light of this turn. And the third has to do with the outburst of new research in neurobiology, brain studies, and evolutionary psychology. Edited and introduced by 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.

Table of Contents

Front Matter


Hans Joas and Daniel R. Huebner

Part I History, Historiography, Historical Sociology

Part II Nature, Environment, Process

Chapter Seven George Herbert Mead as a Socio-Environmental Thinker

Bradley H. Brewster and Antony J. Puddephatt

Part III Cognition, Conscience, Language