Meaning of the Body Aesthetics of Human Understanding

ISBN-10: 0226401936
ISBN-13: 9780226401935
Edition: 2008
Authors: Mark Johnson
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List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

InThe Meaning of the Body, Mark Johnson continues his pioneering work on the exciting connections between cognitive science, language, and meaning first begun in the classicMetaphors We Live By. Johnson uses recent research into infant psychology to show how the body generates meaning even before self-consciousness has fully developed. From there he turns to cognitive neuroscience to further explore the bodily origins of meaning, thought, and language and examines the many dimensions of meaningincluding images, qualities, emotions, and metaphorsthat are all rooted in the body's physical encounters with the world. Drawing on the psychology of art and pragmatist philosophy, Johnson argues that all of these aspects of meaning-making are fundamentally aesthetic. He concludes that the arts are the culmination of human attempts to find meaning and that studying the aesthetic dimensions of our experience is crucial to unlocking meaning's bodily sources. Throughout, Johnson puts forth a bold new conception of the mind rooted in the understanding that philosophy will matter to nonphilosophers only if it is built on a visceral connection to the world. "Mark Johnson demonstrates that the aesthetic and emotional aspects of meaning are fundamentalcentral to conceptual meaning and reason, and that the arts show meaning-making in its fullest realization. If you were raised with the idea that art and emotion were external to ideas and reason, you must read this book. It grounds philosophy in our most visceral experience."George Lakoff, author ofMoral Politics

Contents
Preface: The Need for an Aesthetics of Human Meaning
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Meaning Is More than Words and Deeper than Concepts
Bodily Meaning and Felt Sense
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
Embodied Meaning and the Sciences of Mind
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
Embodied Meaning, Aesthetics, and Art
Art as an Exemplar of Meaning-Making
Music and the Flow of Meaning
The Meaning of the Body
References
Index

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