A Pragmatist World View: George Herbert Mead's Philosophy of the Act

Cornelis de Waal

in The Oxford Handbook of American Philosophy

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780199219315
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 A Pragmatist World View: George Herbert Mead's Philosophy of the Act

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This article focuses on George Herbert Mead's life and his philosophy of the act. Mead divides the act into four stages: impulse, perception, manipulation, and consummation. The impulse sets the organism in motion, whereas consummation marks the satisfaction of the desire that initiated the act. Hence, consummation brings the act to a close. This should not be taken as a linear chain of responses to neatly self-contained problematic situations. Organisms often multitask, and problematic situations are typically nested, as when an animal in its search for food is being attacked by a predator.

Keywords: George Herbert Mead; philosophy of the act; pragmatism; impulse; perception; manipulation

Article.  10422 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy

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