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Body in the Mind: The Bodily Basis of Meaning, Imagination and Reason Hardcover – January 1, 1987

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  • Hardcover: 284 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (January 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226403173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226403175
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Of the work in embodied philosophy and cognitive linguistics, this by far the most careful, cogent, and through exposition. It is not light reading--it assumes a high level of education and a high degree of familiarity with Western philosophy, but it is profoundly rewarding.

Johnson develops a theory of image schemas as the preconceptual links between our embodied experiences and our sophisticated abilities to use language, including the theory of conceptual metaphor he codeveloped with George Lakoff. He offers many different sources of evidence ranging from gesture to studies of epistemic modality in logic and linguistics to phenomenology to aesthetics and art. The second half of the book largely explores the philosophical, historical, and psychological elaborations of the notion of a schema.

All in all, those searching for an exposition of how the repeated patterns of bodily experience shape cognition will be rewarded. The twenty-odd diagrams of image schematic patters are also highly revealing.

Similarly, academically-minded skeptics who are unconvinced of the rigor and merit of the research programme he outlines with Lakoff in Philosophy in the Flesh should find this satisfying and challenging reading.

The book is not without faults, but largely in the unacknowledged contributions of other strains of thought. For example, Johnson does not explore the relationship between image schemas and Wertheimer's theory of gestalt perception; nor does he acknowledge here any relationship to Merleau-Ponty or the Piagetian tradition of child development; and the Shepard-Metzler mental imagery studies of object rotation are only briefly mentioned. Such ommissions may be more a result stemming from a limited scope, however, as he has acknowledged such thinkers elsewhere.
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Chapter Six whose focus is on a theory of imagination and the chapter on meaning make this book a significant contribution to my work. I seek to evoke the soul in its relationship to the world of work. I see Mark Johnson advancing the insights of Jung as well as those of Steiner.
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I WANT TO SEE THE TABLE CONTENTS OF AMAZON BOOKS!!!
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By A Customer on February 18, 1999
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Do the senses inhibit are judgement or do the senses increase are judgment for a more objective reality? This basic arguement has been debated ever since the time of Ancient Greece. As more research shows, the philosophy of Plato is becoming more real. As children, humans begin to categorize their world, picking out certain characteristics and weeding out other characteristics that are body related. These experiences are image schemas which are non-cultural that everyone experiences but are either used or non-used depending on the social environment that enforces them. Therefore, the objective reality cannot exist since there are characteristics that are eliminated and others that are given importance. Johnson does a superb job in explaining the image schema, that is a most difficult concept to grasp. The mind is is part of the body, not separated from it as shown in this book.
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