The Meaning of the Body: Aesthetics of Human Understanding [NOOK Book]

Overview

In The Meaning of the Body, Mark Johnson continues his pioneering work on the exciting connections between cognitive science, language, and meaning first begun in the classic Metaphors We Live By. Johnson uses recent research into infant psychology to show how the body generates meaning even before self-consciousness has fully developed. From there he turns to cognitive neuroscience to further explore the bodily origins of meaning, thought, and language and examines the many dimensions of meaning—including ...
See more details below
The Meaning of the Body: Aesthetics of Human Understanding

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$13.99
BN.com price
(Save 44%)$25.00 List Price

Overview

In The Meaning of the Body, Mark Johnson continues his pioneering work on the exciting connections between cognitive science, language, and meaning first begun in the classic Metaphors We Live By. Johnson uses recent research into infant psychology to show how the body generates meaning even before self-consciousness has fully developed. From there he turns to cognitive neuroscience to further explore the bodily origins of meaning, thought, and language and examines the many dimensions of meaning—including images, qualities, emotions, and metaphors—that are all rooted in the body’s physical encounters with the world. Drawing on the psychology of art and pragmatist philosophy, Johnson argues that all of these aspects of meaning-making are fundamentally aesthetic. He concludes that the arts are the culmination of human attempts to find meaning and that studying the aesthetic dimensions of our experience is crucial to unlocking meaning's bodily sources.
            Throughout, Johnson puts forth a bold new conception of the mind rooted in the understanding that philosophy will matter to nonphilosophers only if it is built on a visceral connection to the world. “Mark Johnson demonstrates that the aesthetic and emotional aspects of meaning are fundamental—central to conceptual meaning and reason, and that the arts show meaning-making in its fullest realization. If you were raised with the idea that art and emotion were external to ideas and reason, you must read this book. It grounds philosophy in our most visceral experience.”—George Lakoff, author of Moral Politics
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

George Lakoff

“Mark Johnson demonstrates that the aesthetic and emotional aspects of meaning are fundamental—central to conceptual meaning and reason, and that the arts show meaning-making in its fullest realization. If you were raised with the idea that art and emotion were external to ideas and reason, you must read this book. It grounds philosophy in our most visceral experience.”
Shaun Gallagher

“In The Meaning of the Body, Mark Johnson does an amazingly good job showing the philosophical import of the notion of embodied cognition. Many authors get caught up in the details and forget to come back to the broader philosophical issues. Johnson, in contrast, paints strokes that outline the implications for our philosophical understanding of meaning, reason, abstract conceptualization, truth, beauty, and the very nature of philosophy.”
Raymond W. Gibbs Jr.

“This is a marvelous book that offers a spirited defense of the importance of bodily-based feeling in human meaning-making. Grounding his argument firmly in the philosophy of John Dewey, Johnson creates a new vision of the aesthetics of human understanding that is supported by contemporary research from linguistics, psychology, and neuroscience on the embodied nature of human cognition. Yet Johnson also provides beautiful examples of how artistic practices exhibit and extend the embodied mind. The Meaning of the Body is a cutting-edge treatise reflecting the newest developments on the mind-body and mind-world problems and properly places aesthetics center stage in the study of meaning and understanding. Read this book and feel what it means!”

Metapsychology - Lucas Keefer

"A courageous and ultimately successful book. Not only does Johnson attack a number of problematic core assumptions in analytic philosophy of mind and cognitive science, but he moves beyond them to offer an insightful theory of how we can still talk meaningfully about meaning. For any philosopher interested in philosophy of mind, language, or aesthetics, this book has a number of important lessons about how these disciplines are in need of revision."
Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences - Richard Marc Shusterman

"This fine book is a welcome extension of Mark Johnson's important research about the embodied nature of mental life. It is energetically argued, clearly written, well-structured, admirably wide-ranging, and impressively well informed with respect to current theories in neuroscience, linguistics, and cognitive science. It is also enriched with artistic examples and reinforced with the personal passion of earnest commitment to making philosophy relevant to life and to fostering aesthetic values."
Mind - Jennifer A. Mcmahon

"Johnson has laid out the foundations for a theory of meaning which has the potential to unite the purposes and preoccupations of certain strands from both analytical and continental philosophy. . . . This is not to suggest that Johnson retreats from commitment to any one position: quite the contrary. Well-entrenched approaches to a number of philosophical problems are upended. . . . This book should be of intrest to all philosophers as it attempts to reconnect analytical philosophy with lived experience."
Choice

"This book continues a lively and interesting debate about the nature of human beings and their awareness of themselves and the world around them."
Metapsychology
"A courageous and ultimately successful book. Not only does Johnson attack a number of problematic core assumptions in analytic philosophy of mind and cognitive science, but he moves beyond them to offer an insightful theory of how we can still talk meaningfully about meaning. For any philosopher interested in philosophy of mind, language, or aesthetics, this book has a number of important lessons about how these disciplines are in need of revision."
— Lucas Keefer
Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences
"This fine book is a welcome extension of Mark Johnson''s important research about the embodied nature of mental life. It is energetically argued, clearly written, well-structured, admirably wide-ranging, and impressively well informed with respect to current theories in neuroscience, linguistics, and cognitive science. It is also enriched with artistic examples and reinforced with the personal passion of earnest commitment to making philosophy relevant to life and to fostering aesthetic values."

— Richard Marc Shusterman

Mind

"Johnson has laid out the foundations for a theory of meaning which has the potential to unite the purposes and preoccupations of certain strands from both analytical and continental philosophy. . . . This is not to suggest that Johnson retreats from commitment to any one position: quite the contrary. Well-entrenched approaches to a number of philosophical problems are upended. . . . This book should be of intrest to all philosophers as it attempts to reconnect analytical philosophy with lived experience."

— Jennifer A. Mcmahon

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226026992
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 6/29/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 328
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Mark Johnson is the Knight Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Oregon. He is the author of The Body in the Mind: The Bodily Basis of Meaning, Imagination, and Reason and Moral Imagination: Implications of Cognitive Science for Ethics and coauthor, with George Lakoff, of Metaphors We Live By and Philosophy in the Flesh: The Embodied Mind and Its Challenge to Western Thought.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Contents
 
Preface: The Need for an Aesthetics of Human Meaning
Acknowledgments
 
Introduction: Meaning Is More than Words and Deeper than Concepts 
 
Part I: Bodily Meaning and Felt Sense
1 The Movement of Life
2 Big Babies
3 “Since Feeling Is First”: Emotional Dimensions of Meaning
4 The Grounding of Meaning in the Qualities of Life
5 Feeling William James’s “But”: The Aesthetics of Reasoning and Logic 
 
Part II: Embodied Meaning and the Sciences of Mind
6 The Origin of Meaning in Organism-Environment Coupling: A Nonrepresentational View of Mind
7 The Corporeal Roots of Symbolic Meaning
8 The Brain’s Role in Meaning
9 From Embodied Meaning to Abstract Thought 
 
Part III: Embodied Meaning, Aesthetics, and Art
10 Art as an Exemplar of Meaning-Making
11 Music and the Flow of Meaning
12 The Meaning of the Body
 
References
Index
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)