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Author Johnson, Mark, 1949- author

Title The meaning of the body : aesthetics of human understanding / Mark Johnson
Edition First paperback edition
Published Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2007


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Description xvii, 308 pages, 2 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 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
Summary "In The Meaning of the Body, Mark Johnson examines the nature of human meaning - where it comes from and how it is made. He goes beyond his earlier pioneering work, begun in Metaphors We Live By and The Body in the Mind, to explore the deepest sources of human understanding, which lie in feelings, emotions, qualities, and patterns of bodily perception and motion. Philosophers have traditionally ignored these aspects of embodied meaning, focusing instead on more superficial conceptual and propositional structures. Johnson argues that overlooking these profound dimensions of meaning has left much contemporary philosophy of language and mind out of touch with new research - in cognitive science, psychology, and art - that shows how meaning is possible for embodied human minds."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [285]-295) and index
Subject Aesthetics.
Human body (Philosophy)
Meaning (Philosophy)
LC no. 2006100532
ISBN 0226401928 (cloth alk. paper)
9780226401928 (cloth alk. paper)