[Review of the book George Herbert Mead: The Making of a Social Pragmatist, by G.A. Cook]

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  • Introduction: Of the founding fathers of American Pragmatism, Mead remains the least known or appreciated. For this state of affairs, Mead himself is to blame. Mead never composed, let alone published a systematic statement of his theories of mind, language, knowledge, and nature. Thus his views must be stitched together from a handful of published papers, the recollections of his colleagues, and the stenographic notes of class-room lectures made by his students. Suggestive as these sources are, they provide no more than glimmerings of the originality and power of Mead's thought to which his students and colleagues attested. Whether rightly or wrongly (for we shall never know which), Mead's philosophy and the scope of his contribution to the development of American pragmatism generally or to the various 'Chicago Schools' of philosophy, psychology, and sociology will remain obscure. But if Mead's work must remain inaccessible in its full detail, Gary A. Cook's new book provides a valuable introduction to its central issues.

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    © 1994 Indiana University Press. This article was published as \"Jennifer Welchman. Reviewed Work(s): George Herbert Mead: The Making of a Social Pragmatist by Gary A. Cook. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society Vol. 30, No. 3 (Summer, 1994), pp. 697-703.\" No part of it may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted, or distributed in any form, by any means, electronic, mechanical, photographic, or otherwise, without the prior permission of Indiana University Press. For education reuse, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center <>. For all other permissions, contact IU Press at <>.
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    • Welchman, J. (1994). [Review of the book George Herbert Mead: The Making of a Social Pragmatist, by G.A. Cook]. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, 30(3), 697-703.
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