Sociology 2240E Chapter Notes - Chapter 8: George Herbert Mead, Philosophical Realism, Nominalism

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George herbert mead was an american 20th century sociological thinker and a major figure in pragmatism and social psychology. His teaching and writing impacted many important modern sociologists. His sociological ideas covered a range of issues of his time, namely the priority of the social, mental processes of the mind, the self, society and human acts. Mead"s i(cid:374)telle(cid:272)tual roots deri(cid:448)ed fro(cid:373) behaviourism, an approach defined and practiced by. Although they both agreed that behaviours, rather than consciousness should be studied in psychology, mead disagreed with watson on the way behaviourism was imported from animal psychology and applied to humans. Mead pointed out that watso(cid:374)"s approa(cid:272)h does(cid:374)"t a(cid:272)(cid:272)ou(cid:374)t for the inner experience, consciousness and mental imagery that are unique to human psychology. Mead also stressed the importance of the nervous system functioning as an important part of the objective processes of behaviour.

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