By J. David Lewis
Lewis and Smith reconstruct the highbrow histories of either American pragmatism and sociology as they built from 1892 to 1935 on the college of Chicago. In doing so, the authors problem a lot present pondering in philosophy and sociology. opposite to the traditional account of the historical past of yank pragmatism, which depicts the philosophies of Charles Peirce, William James, John Dewey, and George Herbert Mead as forming a unified culture, the authors argue that there have been detailed sorts of American pragmatism. One was once the individualist pragmatism of James's and Dewey's practical psychology; the opposite used to be the extra socially orientated pragmatism of Peirce and Mead.
The authors current a reinterpretation of the highbrow effect of the pragmatists, in particular Mead, upon the early Chicago sociologists and the following culture of symbolic interactionism. via an research of proper texts, they convey that top sociologists of the interval, Small, Ellwood, Thomas, and Blumer, between others, approximate the philosophical culture of James and Dewey extra heavily than that of Mead and Peirce.
The convergence of textual, archival, and survey-based proof amassed by way of Lewis and Smith reopens the talk about the highbrow roots of yankee sociology. Their research issues towards the necessity for a greatly revised background of symbolic interactionism, American pragmatism, Chicago sociology, and American sociology itself from 1890 to 1935.
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On this view, though mind can get expression only within or in terms of the environment of an organized social group, yet it is nevertheless in some sense a native endowment—a congenital or hereditary biological attribute—of the individual organism, and could not otherwise exist or manifest itself in the social process at all; so that it is npt itself essentially a social phenomenon, but rather is biological both in its nature and in its origin, and is social only in its characteris tic manifestations or expressions.
The mind imposes order onto the configuration of matches rather than perceiving an intrinsic order. Furthermore, the number of orders is limited only by the creativity of the mind devising them. Instrumentalists argue that scientific laws similarly create order rather than discover it. ” Let us first distin guish naïve realism from the Peircean form of realism, which we shall call “ critical realism” (not to be confused with the philosophical movement of the same name). The naïve realist holds a noncognitive theory of perception: that is, the perceptual object is not represented, inferred, or otherwise known through a mediating cognitive process; rather, it is apprehended directly and immediately.
Ockham thus undermined the realists’ asser tion of the material identity between concepts and their corresponding external realities (anticipating Kant). The nominalism and realism issue again became clouded by political strife. Nominalists advanced their ar guments as justification for their opposition to the power of the pope. 17). As a consequence, philosophy endured another period of utter dec adence. Ockhamists advocated a philosophy in which reality is “ dis solved into a chaos of individual entities with no stable causal structure open to our intelligence” (Wild, 1948:29).
American Sociology and Pragmatism: Mead, Chicago Sociology, and Symbolic Interaction by J. David Lewis