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Philosophy of the Flesh: The Embodied Mind & It's Challlenge to Western Thought

George LakoffMark Johnson

Philosophy of the Flesh: The Embodied Mind & It's Challlenge to Western Thought

George LakoffMark Johnson

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Recent findings of cognitive science that are shattering long-held assumptions about man's ability to reason and contemplate. This pathbreaking volume by the authors of Metaphors We Live By (100,000 copies in print) is the first book to fully explore the impact of these findings. It traces the paths of scientific missiles that have exploded our philosophical bedrock, while laying the groundwork for the next stage in philosophical thought.^In the style of Daniel Dennett's Consciousness Explained, George Lakoff and Mark Johnson break down complex concepts in easy-to-follow terms. They clarify how three major discoveries -- the workings of mind cannot be separated from the anatomy and physiology of brain; thought is mostly unconscious; and abstract concepts are largely metaphorical -- refute the long-held view that reason is independent of the body, literal, directly accessible to conscious reflection, and uniquely human.^Keen insights into concepts of time, mind, self, and morality accompanyreexaminations of philosophical traditions from those of the classical Greeks through Kantian morality. Finally, the book takes on two major issues in modern philosophy: how we conceive rationality and how we conceive language. Nothing short of revolutionary, this instant classic will become a seminal treatise on philosophy for the new millennium.

- Publisher What are human beings like? How is knowledge possible? What is truth? Where do moral values come from? Questions like these have stood at the center of Western philosophy for centuries. In addressing them, philosophers have made certain fundamental assumptions--that we can know our own minds by introspection, that most of our thinking about the world is literal, and that reason is disembodied and universal--that are now called into question by well-established results of cognitive science. It has been shown empirically that: Most thought is unconscious. We have no direct conscious access to the mechanisms of thought and language. Our ideas go by too quickly and at too deep a level for us to observe them in any simple way.Abstract concepts are mostly metaphorical. Much of the subject matter of philosopy, such as the nature of time, morality, causation, the mind, and the self, relies heavily on basic metaphors derived from bodily experience. What is literal in our reasoning about such c

- Publisher

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About "Philosophy of the Flesh: The Embodied Mind & It's Challlenge to Western Thought"

Recent findings of cognitive science that are shattering long-held assumptions about man's ability to reason and contemplate. This pathbreaking volume by the authors of Metaphors We Live By (100,000 copies in print) is the first book to fully explore the impact of these findings. It traces the paths of scientific missiles that have exploded our philosophical bedrock, while laying the groundwork for the next stage in philosophical thought.^In the style of Daniel Dennett's Consciousness Explained, George Lakoff and Mark Johnson break down complex concepts in easy-to-follow terms. They clarify how three major discoveries -- the workings of mind cannot be separated from the anatomy and physiology of brain; thought is mostly unconscious; and abstract concepts are largely metaphorical -- refute the long-held view that reason is independent of the body, literal, directly accessible to conscious reflection, and uniquely human.^Keen insights into concepts of time, mind, self, and morality accompanyreexaminations of philosophical traditions from those of the classical Greeks through Kantian morality. Finally, the book takes on two major issues in modern philosophy: how we conceive rationality and how we conceive language. Nothing short of revolutionary, this instant classic will become a seminal treatise on philosophy for the new millennium.
- Publisher

What are human beings like? How is knowledge possible? What is truth? Where do moral values come from? Questions like these have stood at the center of Western philosophy for centuries. In addressing them, philosophers have made certain fundamental assumptions--that we can know our own minds by introspection, that most of our thinking about the world is literal, and that reason is disembodied and universal--that are now called into question by well-established results of cognitive science. It has been shown empirically that: Most thought is unconscious. We have no direct conscious access to the mechanisms of thought and language. Our ideas go by too quickly and at too deep a level for us to observe them in any simple way.Abstract concepts are mostly metaphorical. Much of the subject matter of philosopy, such as the nature of time, morality, causation, the mind, and the self, relies heavily on basic metaphors derived from bodily experience. What is literal in our reasoning about such c
- Publisher

Meet the Authors

George Lakoff

George Lakoff is Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Don't Think of an Elephant!", among other works, and is America's leading expert on the framing of political ideas.

Mark Johnson

Johnson is Professor and Head of the Philosophy Department at the University of Oregon.

Table Of Contents

  • Introduction: Who Are We? How The Embodied Mind Challenges The Western
  • Philosophical Tradition: The Cognitive Unconscious
  • The Embodied Mind
  • Primary Metaphor And Subjective Experience
  • The Anatomy Of Complex Metaphor
  • Embodied Realism - Cognitive Science Versus A Priori Philosophy
  • Realism And Truth
  • Metaphor And Truth. The Cognitive Science Of Basic Philosophical Ideas:
  • The Cognitive Science Of Philosophical Ideas
  • Time
  • Events And Causes
  • The Mind
  • The Self
  • Morality. The Cognitive Science Of Philosophy: The Cognitive Science Of
  • Philosophy
  • The Pre-socratic - The Cognitive Science Of Early Greek Metaphysics
  • Plato
  • Aristotle
  • Descartes And The Enlightment
  • Mind
  • Kantian Morality
  • Analytic Philosophy
  • Chomsky's Philosophy And Cognitive Linguistics
  • The Theory Of Rational Action
  • How Philosophical Theories Work. Embodied Philosophy: Philosophy In The
  • Flesh.

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  • Catalogue Code 152524
  • Product Code 0465056733
  • EAN 9780465056736
  • Pages 640
  • Department Academic
  • Category Philosophy
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Basic Books
  • Publication Date Dec 1998
  • Dimensions 234 x 187 x 44 mm
  • Weight 1.123kg

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