The Meaning of the Body: Aesthetics of Human Understanding

The Meaning of the Body: Aesthetics of Human Understanding

by Mark Johnson

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ISBN-13: 9780226026992
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 06/29/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 328
File size: 4 MB

About 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.

Table of Contents

Preface: The Need for an Aesthetics of Human Meaning
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

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