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Individuation, philosophy: the picking out of an object by a determination by means of additional information which is not to be derived from a single statement which contains this object. For example, beliefs are individualized by content, not e.g. by the length of the character strings with which they are expressed. The contents of a belief are, in turn, not individuated by their repetition, but by other contents.
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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George Herbert Mead on Individuation - Dictionary of Arguments

Habermas IV 93
Individuation/MeadVsDurkheim/Mead/Habermas: Mead thesis: the process of socialization is also a process of individuation. Mead justifies this with the diversity of position-bound perspectives that speakers and listeners take up. As a principle of individuation, Mead does not cite the body, but a perspective structure that is set with the communicative roles of the first, second and third person. "Me" stands for the view that ego offers an alter in an interaction when this ego makes a speech act offer. This view gains ego from himself in that he himself takes over alters perspective in speech acts.
Habermas IV 94
N.B.: the actor is forced by the mere structure of linguistic intersubjectivity to be himself also in norm-compliant behavior. In communicative action, however it is guided by norms, nobody can be relieved of initiative in a very fundamental sense, nobody can hand over the initiative: "The "I" provides the feeling of freedom, the initiative".(1)
>I, Ego, Self
. >Self-identification, >Perspective.

1. G. H. Mead, Mind, Self and Society, ed. Ch. W. Morris, Chicago 1934, German Geist, Identität und Gesellschaft, Frankfurt, 1969, S. 221.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Mead I
George Herbert Mead
Mind, Self, and Society from the Standpoint of a Social Behaviorist (Works of George Herbert Mead, Vol. 1), Chicago 1967
German Edition:
Geist, Identität und Gesellschaft aus der Sicht des Sozialbehaviorismus Frankfurt 1973

Ha I
J. Habermas
Der philosophische Diskurs der Moderne Frankfurt 1988

Jürgen Habermas
Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns Bd. I Frankfurt/M. 1981

Jürgen Habermas
Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns Bd. II Frankfurt/M. 1981

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