Title

Mead, Behaviorism and Indeterminacy

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Schleiermacher once said that every interpretation is the best. I would add, provided the interpreter understands that his is an interpretation, not the final statement of whatever it is that one seeks to interpret. Collins' wide-ranging and provocative essay (to which I can not do full justice here) on Mead generally avoids imposing on us the definitive reading of Mead. The author correctly points out that "we have a legitimate choice between the various intellectual elements in Mead." Still, I would like to take issue with Collins' choice. Not because it does not have merit, but because it leaves out what I believe to be most important and original in Mead's writings.

Disciplines

Quantitative, Qualitative, Comparative, and Historical Methodologies | Sociology

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