Parts of Philosophy in the Flesh retrace the ground covered in the authors' earlier Metaphors We Live By, which revealed how we deal with abstract concepts through metaphor. (The previous sentence, for example, relies on the metaphors "Knowledge is a place" and "Knowing is seeing" to make its point.) Here they reveal the metaphorical underpinnings of basic philosophical concepts like time, causality--even morality--demonstrating how these metaphors are rooted in our embodied experiences. They repropose philosophy as an attempt to perfect such conceptual metaphors so that we can understand how our thought processes shape our experience; they even make a tentative effort toward rescuing spirituality from the heavy blows dealt by the disproving of the disembodied mind or "soul" by reimagining "transcendence" as "imaginative empathetic projection." Their source list is helpfully arranged by subject matter, making it easier to follow up on their citations. If you enjoyed the mental workout from Steven Pinker's How the Mind Works, Lakoff and Johnson will, to pursue the "Learning is exercise" metaphor, take you to the next level of training. --Ron Hogan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It presents a strong argument for a new way of doing philosophy that is rooted in the science of mind.
The authors are not nearly as radical as they could have been if they had shown us the conscious self as part of the reasoning body and not its overlord.
Only after reading this book did a lot of stuff that puzzled me in my readings on philosophy now make sense.
Lakoff and Johnson make a very simple and profound observation, on which they subsequently speculate in this hefty (624 page) volume. The observation is that thinking is embodied. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jim Harries
George Lakoff and Mark Johnson acknowledge that cognitive science has reopened central philosophical questions. Read morePublished 8 months ago by MWin
Very interesting, deep and complex reading which I love for the enormous depth of the reflections and thoughts. Just superb!!!!Published 8 months ago by Iñaki
The content of this book may be OK, but the justification used in the Kindle version of this ebook, plus having the font locked down to one that is really hard to read make this... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Justin Akehurst
Despite opening the book with their modest claim, "philosophy can never be the same again," George Lakoff and Mark Johnson are correct, if they are speaking for the thirty years of... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Squeak
This heavy book's theme is essentially this: Based on what we have learned about ourselves over the several centuries from the advances in science, we can now state decisively that... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Aquagem
Only after reading this book did a lot of stuff that puzzled me in my readings on philosophy now make sense. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Paul G. Joseph
I bought this along with a book by Dan Dennett (on free-will) and Charles Peirce (on semiotics). Dennett's book was terrible, especially in contrast to this well written and clear... Read morePublished 22 months ago by philly