G.H. Mead and Pragmatism

 

Filipe Carreira da Silva did his PhD in Cambridge (St. Edmund’s College, 2000-03): the expression “transformative experience” could hardly be more felicitously employed than to describe what those years meant to him. His stay in Cambridge also marks the beginning of a new topic of research.

In Cambridge, he devoted himself to the reconstruction neither of a concept nor of a universe of discourse, as he had previously done, but of the entire intellectual building of a single author. That author is George Herbert Mead (1863-1931), an American social psychologist who eventually made it to the sociological canon of “founding fathers”.

His work on Mead tries to provide fresh answers to the questions of “how and why one should read a classic author?” In his PhD, published in revised form in 2008 in the United States and recently translated into Brazilian Portuguese, he tries to show the extent to which theory building and intellectual history are but different sides of the same coin – the way one reconstructs the past is part and parcel of one’s strategy of theory construction. The latest developments in his work on Mead include the publication of a critical edition of Mead’s writings - G.H. Mead. A Reader (Routledge, 2011) - and a neo-Meadian theory of rights (forthcoming in the European Journal of Social Theory).

References

Articles

  • 2013. Outline of a Social Theory of Rights. A Neo-Pragmatist Approach. European Journal of Social Theory 16(4). [online]
  • 2011. Books and Canon Formation in Sociology. The Case of Mind, Self, and Society. Journal of Classical Sociology 11(3): 356-377. With Mónica Brito Vieira. [online] [document (pdf)]
  • 2010. School and Democracy. A Reassessment of G.H. Mead’s Educational Ideas. Ethics and Politics 12(1): 181-194. [online]
  • 2007. Re-Examining Mead: G. H. Mead on the Material Reproduction of Society. Journal of Classical Sociology 7(3): 291-313. [online] [document (pdf)]
  • 2007. G. H. Mead. A System in a State of Flux. History of the Human Sciences 20(1): 45-65. [online] [document (pdf)]
  • 2006. G. H. Mead in the Hstory of Sociological Ideas. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 42(1): 19-39. [online]

Chapters in Books

  • 2013. G.H. Mead. In Oxford Bibliographies in Sociology. J. Manza (ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [online] 
  • 2013. Evolution, Agency and Objects: Re-discovering Classical Pragmatism. In Oxford Handbook of Archaeological Theory. A. Gardner, M. Lake, & U. Sommer (eds). Oxford: Oxford University Press. With Patrick Baert.
  • 2011. Introduction. G.H. Mead. A Reader. Edited and introduced by Filipe Carreira da Silva. London: Routledge, pp. ix-xxv. [online]

Special Issues in Journals

  • 2012. Symposia “Pragmatism and the Social Sciences: A Century of Influences and Interactions, Vol. 2". European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 4(1). Guest editor with Roberto Frega.  [online]
  • 2011. Symposia "Pragmatism and the Social Sciences. A Century of Influences and Interactions". European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 3(2). Guest editor with Roberto Frega. [online]

Books

Other Publications

  • 2011. Review of George Herbert Mead, The Philosophy of Education. Edited and introduced by Gert Biesta and Daniel Tröhler. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2008. 196 pp. In: European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 2 (3): 306-307. [online]

Conferences

  • 2012. First European Pragmatism Conference, University of Rome, Rome 19-21 September. Paper presented: "Outline of a Social Theory of Rights. A Neo-Pragmatist Approach". 
  • 2010. XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology, held in Gothenburg, Sweden, 11-17 July. Research Committee of History of Sociology. Paper presented: “Intellectual History Matters: G.H. Mead and Social Theory Today”.
  • 2007. VIII European Sociological Association (ESA) Conference, held in Glasgow, Scotland, 3-6 September, Research Network in Social Theory. Paper presented: “Mead and modernity: Discussing the meaning and relevance of Mead’s ideas.”
  • 2007. 102nd Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA), held in New York, 11-14 August, Thematic Session on History of Sociology. Paper presented: “G.H. Mead: War, Democracy and Modernity.”
  • 2006. XVI ISA World Congress of Sociology, held in Durban, South Africa, 23-29 July, Research Committee of History of Sociology. Paper presented: “G. H. Mead in the history and theory of sociology: A reappraisal.”
  • 2002. XV ISA World Congress of Sociology, held in Brisbane, Australia, 7-13 July, Research Committee of History of Sociology. Paper presented: “In Dialogue with Modern Times. G. H. Mead as a theorist of modernity.”
  • 2001. International Laboratory of Sociological Theories, organized by the International Sociological Association, in Courmayeur, Italy, 20-27 September. Paper presented: “George Herbert Mead in the history of sociological ideas.”