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Peter Hare, Joseph Palencik, Douglas Anderson, and Steven A. Miller

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823264322

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823264322.001.0001

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Neglected American Philosophers in the History of Symbolic Interactionism

Neglected American Philosophers in the History of Symbolic Interactionism

(p.189) Twelve Neglected American Philosophers in the History of Symbolic Interactionism
Pragmatism with Purpose

John Lincourt

Fordham University Press

This chapter focuses on some of the neglected American philosophers in the history of symbolic interactionism, including Josiah Royce, George Herbert Mead, and Chauncey Wright. Historians of social psychology and sociology have given considerable attention to the development of symbolic interactionism, but they have overlooked the fact that at the turn of the century there was already a well-developed American philosophical tradition of social interactionism. While the roles played by James Mark Baldwin, William James, and John Dewey have been recognized and described in detail, the contribution of Royce, one of Mead's teachers, is seldom mentioned, and Charles Sanders Peirce's interactionism has been adequately treated only by philosophers. Wright's pioneering studies of self-consciousness appear to have been ignored altogether. This chapter makes a compelling case for giving proper recognition to these “neglected” philosophers.

Keywords:   symbolic interactionism, American philosophers, Josiah Royce, George Herbert Mead, Chauncey Wright, social psychology, social interactionism, Charles Sanders Peirce, self-consciousness, American philosophy

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