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Mead, George Herbert (1863–1931)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-Q116-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Together with Charles Peirce, William James and John Dewey, George Herbert Mead is considered one of the classic representatives of American pragmatism. He is most famous for his ideas about the specificities of human communication and sociality and about the genesis of the ‘self’ in infantile development. By developing these ideas, Mead became one of the founders of social psychology and – mostly via his influence on the school of symbolic interactionism – one of the most influential figures in contemporary sociology. Compared to that enormous influence, other parts of his philosophical work are relatively neglected.

Citing this article:
Joas, Hans. Mead, George Herbert (1863–1931), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-Q116-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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