Mead and Merleau-Ponty: Toward a Common Vision by Sandra B. Rosenthal

By Sandra B. Rosenthal

This e-book unites George Herbert Mead and Maurice Merleau-Ponty in a shared rejection of substance philosophy in addition to spectator thought of information, in want of a spotlight at the ultimacy of temporal strategy and the constitutive functionality of social praxis. either Mead and Merleau-Ponty go back to the richness of lived adventure inside nature, and either result in greatly new, insightful visions of the character of selfhood, language, freedom, and time itself, in addition to of the character of the relation among the so-called "tensions" of visual appeal and fact, sensation and item, the person and the group, freedom and constraint, and continuity and creativity.

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Bourgeois, Patrick L. II. Title. M464R67 1991 191dc2090-20226 CIP 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 In Memory of Stanford H. Rosenthal Our great fan and cheerleader And To Alvin J. J. For over twenty good years of leadership and friendship; and for the many more to come. Page vii Contents Acknowledgments ix Introduction 1 1. The Structure of Behavior and the Content of Perception: Converging Perspectives 5 2. "Sensation," Object, and World: The Holistic View 27 3. Approaches to the Nature of Time 53 4. Dimensions of the Decentered Self 86 5.

But in light of this interrelation, it would seem that the distinction between instrumental action and communicative action can, within Mead's philosophy, be only a difference in emphasis rather than a difference in kind. The clarification of this point, however, involves the clarification of the term "instrumental," for it is too often taken exclusively as the active use of knowledge to change society or the environment; it is too often wrongly associated with the technological. At a more fundamental level, operative throughout Mead's philosophy, "instrumental" indicates the manner in which one knows the world through the structures of the meanings one has created by one's responses to the environment.

41 "Mind is not a specific difference which would be added to vital or psychological being in order to constitute a man. Man is not a rational animal. 45 The sciences, even physics, do not demand philosophical realism. The world that is determined scientifically, whether by physical sciences, life sciences, or the human sciences, is a derived world. Matter, life, and mind, rather than merely three abstract scientific realities, are three orders or "planes of signification"46 within the perceived world from which scientific significations emerge.

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