Self, Logic, and Figurative Thinking

Self, Logic, and Figurative Thinking

by Harwood Fisher


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231145046
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 12/31/2008
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Harwood Fisher is professor emeritus, City College of the City University of New York. His writing focuses on how the individual originates ideas and the self's subjective experiences as a dynamic logic of thinking. His books include Language and Logic in Personality and Society and The Subjective Self: A Portrait Within Logical Space.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Major Terms, Their Classification, and Their Relation to the Book's Objective
1. The Problem of Analogous Forms
2. Natural Logic, Categories, and the Individual
3. Shift to Individual Categories, Dynamics, and a Psychological Look at Identity
4. Form Versus Function
5. What Is the Difference Between the Logic Governing a Figure of Speech and the Logic That Is Immature or Unconscious?
6. What Are the Role and Function of the Self Vis-à-vis Consciousness?
7. Development in the Logic from Immature to Mature Modes
8. Pathological and Defensive Logical Forms
9. The "I," Identity, and the Part-Whole Resolutions
10. The "I," Entropy, and the Trope

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Luis Radford

In an engaging tone, Harwood Fisher takes the reader on a journey through difficult and perilous concepts—awareness, consciousness, perception—to engage the idea of the self as the original locus of consciousness, without falling, however, into the traps of solipsism and self-contention. He offers an idea of the self which, although it acknowledges the role of the non-I and the other, goes beyond external conditioning. It is a self that grows out of fields of tension, in a dialectic manner.

Hayden White

It is as if Harwood Fisher has found in the trope-concept relationship a way of mapping the construction and development of a self which remains (or can remain) open and flexible rather than reductive and conducive to pathology. Fisher has produced a book which, from a much more psychological than literary perspective, puts one in mind of Kenneth Burke at his best, as in, for example, A Grammar of Motives, as well as the great social thinkers, such as Erving Goffman.

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