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Self in Modern Society Chapter One: The Meaning of Symbolic Interactionism I. The Origins and Development of Symbolic Interactionism A. Grew out of  pragmatism,  an approach developed in the late 19 th  century that  challenged the mechanistic worldview and dualistic assumptions of classical  rationalism.  This offered a unifying view of all facets of the human condition— mental and physical, subjective and objective, individual and social. B. The Nature of Reality 1. Pragmatists rejected the rationalist view of reality as fixed, ready made, and  waiting to be discovered. They conceived reality as dynamic, unfinished, and  always in the making. 2. Meaning becomes shaped and reshaped in the course of its interaction with other  things, particularly human “knowers” C. The Nature of the Human Knower 1. Argued that we acquire knowledge through our ongoing experiences, which  consist of  active exchanges  with our physical and social world. 2. Pierce and Dewey: worlds of mind and matter are not distinct; instead, they are  vitally linked through human action . 3. We establish the “meaning” of objects through our practical skills, symbolic  abilities, and manipulative powers. We give meanings to things based on how we  respond to them. D. The Relative Nature of Truth and the Linkage of Facts, Values, and Action 1.
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  • Spring '08
  • VOGELAAR,A
  • late 19th century, Symbolic Interactionism A., Modern Society Chapter, Human Knower Argued, social interaction Language

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