Reading Minds: The Study of English in the Age of Cognitive Science

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The great adventure of modern cognitive science, the discovery of the human mind, will fundamentally revise our concept of what it means to be human. Drawing together the classical conception of the language arts, the Renaissance sense of scientific discovery, and the modern study of the mind, Mark Turner offers a vision of the central role that language and the arts of language can play in that adventure.

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Overview

The great adventure of modern cognitive science, the discovery of the human mind, will fundamentally revise our concept of what it means to be human. Drawing together the classical conception of the language arts, the Renaissance sense of scientific discovery, and the modern study of the mind, Mark Turner offers a vision of the central role that language and the arts of language can play in that adventure.

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Editorial Reviews

College English
Works such as [this] form the vanguard of our understanding; from the research front, they signal the presence of new and more fruitful relationships between the sciences and rhetorical and literary studies.
— Alan G. Gross
Review of Metaphysics
A philosophically sophisticated work that goes a long way toward an empirically responsible account of the bodily and imaginative bases of concepts, meaning, reasoning, and language.
— Mark L. Johnson
The Bloomsbury Review
The author demonstrates how a new revolution in critical thought demands an understanding of how humans think; this is more than knowing about neurons and synapses, however. A thoughtful book for those of us tired of trying to find the humanity in postmodern criticism.
College English - Alan G. Gross
Works such as [this] form the vanguard of our understanding; from the research front, they signal the presence of new and more fruitful relationships between the sciences and rhetorical and literary studies.
Review of Metaphysics - Mark L. Johnson
A philosophically sophisticated work that goes a long way toward an empirically responsible account of the bodily and imaginative bases of concepts, meaning, reasoning, and language.
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"Works such as [this] form the vanguard of our understanding; from the research front, they signal the presence of new and more fruitful relationships between the sciences and rhetorical and literary studies."--Alan G. Gross, College English

"The author demonstrates how a new revolution in critical thought demands an understanding of how humans think; this is more than knowing about neurons and synapses, however. A thoughtful book for those of us tired of trying to find the humanity in postmodern criticism."--The Bloomsbury Review

"A philosophically sophisticated work that goes a long way toward an empirically responsible account of the bodily and imaginative bases of concepts, meaning, reasoning, and language."--Mark L. Johnson, Review of Metaphysics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691001074
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 12/27/1993
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pretext: Professing English in the Age of Cognitive Science 3
Ch. 1 User's Manual 25
Ch. 2 Floor Plan 30
Ch. 3 Poetry and Invention 51
Ch. 4 The Body of Our Thought (and the Thought of Our Body) 68
Ch. 5 The Poetry of Argument 99
Ch. 6 Conceptual Connections 121
Ch. 7 The Poetry of Connections, I 151
Ch. 8 The Poetry of Connections, II 183
Ch. 9 The Poetry of Connections, III 198
Ch. 10 Cultural Literacy and Poetic Thought 216
Ch. 11 Envoi: Cognitive Rhetoric and Literary Criticism 239
Appendix 249
Notes 263
Index 289
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