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George Lakoff and Mark Johnson. The mind is inherently embodied. on metaphor (Lakoff and Johnson ), which in Part II of this book they extend to. Michael O'Donovan-Anderson The Review of Metaphysics, June Lakoff, George and Johnson, Mark. Philosophy in the Flesh: The Embodied Mind and its . Book Reviews Philosophy in the Flesh: The Embodied Mind and its Challenge to Western Thought George Lakoff and Mark Johnson (University of California.


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His new book Philosophy In The Flesh, coauthored by Mark Johnson, makes the science of the mind are inconsistent with central parts of Western philosophy. Philosophy in The zetom.info - Ebook download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read book online. Philosophy in the Flesh. The Embodied Mind and Its Challenge to Western Thought. By GEORGE LAKOFF and MARK JOHNSON. Basic Books.

We imagine a goal as being at some place ahead of us, and employ strategies for attaining it analogous to those we might use on a journey to a place. We plan a route, imagine obstacles, and set landmarks to track our progress. In this way, our thinking about purposes and about time, and states, and change, and many other things besides is rooted in our thinking about space.

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It should come as no surprise to anyone that our concepts of space—up, down, forward, back, on and in—are deeply tied to our bodily orientation to, and our physical movement in the world. According to Lakoff and Johnson, every domain which maps onto these basic spatial concepts think of an upright person, the head of an organization, facing the future, being on top of things thereby inherits a kind of reasoning—a sense of how concepts connect and flow—which has its origin in, and retains the structure of, our bodily coping with space.

As might be expected from the authors of Metaphors We Live By, the material on metaphor and its role in shaping our understanding of the world is by far the best in the book.

Indeed, their short excursus on the complex me taphor A Purposeful Life Is A Journey should probably be required reading for everybody in the country. As you do so, recall that there are cultures around the world in which this metaphor does not exist; in those cultures people just live their lives, and the very idea of being without direction or missing the boat, of being held back or getting bogged down in life, would make no sense.

As part of their attempt to position cognitive science as a resource for self-knowledge, the authors offer a series of long analytical chapters on deep and important cultural determinants like Time, the Self, and Morality. They hope to get us to "abandon" our "deepest philosophical assumptions" by demonstrating that these assumptions rest not on objective truths or facts about the world, but rather on the same sorts of metaphorical mappings e.

Morality as Posture mentioned above.

Such accounts can become resources for self-knowledge in the deep sense that the authors intend only if we substitute our internal understanding of the cultural practices we are engaged in for the external, "scientific" accounts of those same activities offered here. The substitution may allow one to escape a given perspective or practice, but will not resolve problems which arise within it.

If someone suspects that a business deal may be fishy, what he wants to know is whether it is fishy; it is no help to realize that he is employing an instance of the Morality is Purity mapping. Thus, although I do not doubt that their account will have some influence among those for whom the external perspective is the natural one, those who dwell, however thoughtfully, in the cultural interior will be hard pressed to find enlightenment here.

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As they are well aware, any theory that focuses mainly on concepts eventually has to give an account of whether and how those concepts answer to the world. Although they spend a great deal of time developing an "embodied realism," it is nothing like acceptable in its current formulation.

Perhaps because of the imagined audience for this book, they fail to treat the issues with the delicacy and precision they require for instance, within three pages they discuss whether "time in itself is inherently resource- like" p. To put the problem in their own terms, they never fully face the metaphor of cognitive confinement we are "inside" our concepts looking out that plays such a large role in their book.

Without a coherent understanding of this metaphor and whether it has any philosophical legitimacy, increased precision would be a superficial improvement. Combined with, indeed being in part caused by, their failure to pay much attention to the best work in the philosophy of mind and body their very strange and programmatic chapters on the history of philosophy do not constitute philosophical attention , the lack of a consistent metaphysical account of their central theses means that their project to re- fashion philosophy simply does not warrant the attention due the theses themselves.

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How this impacts rational inference is a bit harder to explain, but involves, at least partly, the thesis that abstract concepts are largely metaphorical—that certain domains of concepts "map onto" other domains, and in so doing inherit the inferential structure of the original domain. For instance, the concept of a purpose maps onto the concept of a destination Purposes are Destinations and therefore reasoning about purposes naturally follows the same paths.

We imagine a goal as being at some place ahead of us, and employ strategies for attaining it analogous to those we might use on a journey to a place.

We plan a route, imagine obstacles, and set landmarks to track our progress.

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In this way, our thinking about purposes and about time, and states, and change, and many other things besides is rooted in our thinking about space. It should come as no surprise to anyone that our concepts of space—up, down, forward, back, on and in—are deeply tied to our bodily orientation to, and our physical movement in the world.

According to Lakoff and Johnson, every domain which maps onto these basic spatial concepts think of an upright person, the head of an organization, facing the future, being on top of things thereby inherits a kind of reasoning—a sense of how concepts connect and flow—which has its origin in, and retains the structure of, our bodily coping with space. As might be expected from the authors of Metaphors We Live By, the material on metaphor and its role in shaping our understanding of the world is by far the best in the book.

Indeed, their short excursus on the complex me taphor A Purposeful Life Is A Journey should probably be required reading for everybody in the country. As you do so, recall that there are cultures around the world in which this metaphor does not exist; in those cultures people just live their lives, and the very idea of being without direction or missing the boat, of being held back or getting bogged down in life, would make no sense. As part of their attempt to position cognitive science as a resource for self-knowledge, the authors offer a series of long analytical chapters on deep and important cultural determinants like Time, the Self, and Morality.

They hope to get us to "abandon" our "deepest philosophical assumptions" by demonstrating that these assumptions rest not on objective truths or facts about the world, but rather on the same sorts of metaphorical mappings e.

Morality as Posture mentioned above. Such accounts can become resources for self-knowledge in the deep sense that the authors intend only if we substitute our internal understanding of the cultural practices we are engaged in for the external, "scientific" accounts of those same activities offered here.

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The substitution may allow one to escape a given perspective or practice, but will not resolve problems which arise within it. If someone suspects that a business deal may be fishy, what he wants to know is whether it is fishy; it is no help to realize that he is employing an instance of the Morality is Purity mapping.

Thus, although I do not doubt that their account will have some influence among those for whom the external perspective is the natural one, those who dwell, however thoughtfully, in the cultural interior will be hard pressed to find enlightenment here.Here are those claims: Consider examples such as in front of and in back of. Does this mean that this metaphor has no grounding of any kind? But you have no motor programs for interacting with generalized pieces of furniture.

Categorization is, for the most part, not a product of conscious reasoning. The evidence from cognitive science shows that classical faculty psychology is wrong.

Thought is mostly unconscious. Some insightful philosophers did notice some of these phenomena.