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George Mead

An Erstwhile Philosopher

Daniel R. Huebner. Becoming Mead: The Social Process of Academic Knowledge (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014), 349 pages.   Review by Nicholas StrohlGeorge Herbert Mead (1863-1931) is remembered as a foundational figure in the field of sociology but, if placed before a tenure review committee today, he might struggle to pass muster. Recognized in his lifetime as a brilliant thinker and formidable public speaker, the University of Chicago philosopher apparently was loath to publish. “Historians will never know” the extent of Mead’s contributions to his field, one scholar has lamented, “because Mead had crippling psychological blocks that prevented him from Read more