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Is the Self of Social Behaviorism Capable of Auto-Affection? Mead and Marion on the "I" and the "Me"

Saulius Geniusas
Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society
Vol. 42, No. 2 (Spring, 2006), pp. 242-265
Published by: Indiana University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40321126
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Abstract

The purpose of this manuscript is to bring Mead's pragmatism into contact with Jean-Luc Marions phenomenology. Taking as its focus the question of the I-pole of the self, the paper points to the absence and the need of a concept like auto-affection in Mead's analysis of selfhood. A pragmatic appropriation of this concept does not undermine the social framework of selfhood because the most rudimentary self-givenness is immediate and direct, simultaneously a posteriori. The social and biological genesis of mind, self and society reserves a prominent place for auto-affection, which liberates the self from his estrangement within the horizon of objecthood by acknowledging a multiplicity of types of self-givenness besides that of self-objectification.

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