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The meaning of the body : aesthetics of human understanding

Author: Mark Johnson
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : University of Chicago Press ; Bristol : University Presses Marketing [distributor], 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Pbk. edView all editions and formats
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The belief that the mind and the body are separate and that the mind is the source of all meaning has been a part of Western culture for centuries. Both philosophers and scientists have questioned this dualism, but their efforts have rarely converged. Many philosophers continue to rely on disembodied models of human thought, while scientists tend to reduce the complex process of thinking to a merely physical  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Johnson
ISBN: 9780226401935 0226401936
OCLC Number: 225876119
Description: xvii, 308 pages, 2 pages of plates : illustrations (some color), music ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface: The need for an aesthetics of human meaning --
Introduction: Meaning is more than words and deeper than concepts --
The movement of life --
Big babies --
"Since feeling is first" : emotional dimensions of meaning --
The grounding of meaning in the qualities of life --
Feeling William James's "but": the aesthetics of reasoning and logic --
The origin of meaning in organism-environment coupling : a nonrepresentational view of mind --
The corporeal roots of symbolic meaning --
The brain's role in meaning --
From embodied meaning to abstract thought --
Art as an exemplar of meaning-making --
Music and the flow of meaning --
The meaning of the body.
Responsibility: Mark Johnson.

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Explores the connections between cognitive science, language, and meaning that first begun in the classic "Metaphors We Live By". This work concludes that the arts are the culmination of human  Read more...

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