The Body in the Mind: The Bodily Basis of Meaning, Imagination, and Reason
01 Sep 1989-The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (Oxford Academic)-Vol. 47, Iss: 4, pp 400-401
TL;DR: In this article, a new account of meaning, rationality, and objectivity is given for meaning, meaning, and rationality in Western philosophy, with a focus on meaning and rationality.
Abstract: "There are books-few and far between-which carefully, delightfully, and genuinely turn your head inside out. This is one of them. It ranges over some central issues in Western philosophy and begins the long overdue job of giving us a radically new account of meaning, rationality, and objectivity."-Yaakov Garb, "San Francisco Chronicle"
•14 Aug 2014
TL;DR: In this article, Simon Zagorski-Thomas employs current theories from psychology and sociology to examine how recorded music is made and how we listen to it, and proposes a new agenda for the study of recorded music and record production.
Abstract: Recorded music is as different to live music as film is to theatre. In this book, Simon Zagorski-Thomas employs current theories from psychology and sociology to examine how recorded music is made and how we listen to it. Setting out a framework for the study of recorded music and record production, he explains how recorded music is fundamentally different to live performance, how record production influences our interpretation of musical meaning and how the various participants in the process interact with technology to produce recorded music. He combines ideas from the ecological approach to perception, embodied cognition and the social construction of technological systems to provide a summary of theoretical approaches that are applied to the sound of the music and the creative activity of production. A wide range of examples from Zagorski-Thomas's professional experience reveal these ideas in action. Proposes a new agenda for the study of recorded music and record production Discusses record production in terms of its collaborative creative practice and the interpretation of its musical output rather than in purely technical terms Co-chairman of the Association for the Study of the Art of Record Production, Zagorski-Thomas has a unique overview of the developing culture of research and teaching about record production
•15 Oct 2012
TL;DR: In this paper, the authors present a theory of the political imagination and the history of the modern political imagination, including the role of common sense and scientism in modern political imagaries.
Abstract: Part I. Necessary Fictions of the Political and the Reality of Political Fictions: 1. The contest over the rightful domain of the imagination 2. The revival and contemporary legacy of Giambatista Vico (1668-1744) as a modern theorist of the political imagination 3. Modes of imagining: elements of a theory of the political imagination 4. Naturalization and historicization as strategies of the political imagination Part II. Modern Common Sense and the Rise of Modern Political Imaginaries: 5. The historicity of common sense and the role of scientism in the modern political imagination 6. Empiricism, induction, and visibility: the moral epistemology of democratic political power 7. The performing arts and the performance of politics: the dialectics between the transparent and self-concealing imagination Part III. Modern Imaginaries of Democratic Political Agencies and Causality: 8. Voluntary action, the fear of theatricality, and the materialization of the political 9. Animated fictions: self (as) fulfilling prophecy and the performative imaginaries of democratic political agencies 10. Individuals between liberal and illiberal corporations 11. The impact of culture, the cultivation of the individual interior in literature, painting, and music Part IV. The Postmodern Turn and the Return of Political Theatricality: 12. Mass media and the refictionalization of agency and reality 13. The ethics and pragmatics of the democratic political imagination: on choosing the imaginaries we want to live by.
29 Feb 2016
TL;DR: This book offers a comprehensive approach to the computational treatment of metaphor and its figurative brethren-including simile, analogy, and conceptual blending-that does not shy away from their important cognitive and philosophical dimensions.
Abstract: The literary imagination may take flight on the wings of metaphor, but hard-headed scientists are just as likely as doe-eyed poets to reach for a metaphor when the descriptive need arises. Metaphor is a pervasive aspect of every genre of text and every register of speech, and is as useful for describing the inner workings of a "black hole" (itself a metaphor) as it is the affairs of the human heart. The ubiquity of metaphor in natural language thus poses a significant challenge for Natural Language Processing (NLP) systems and their builders, who cannot afford to wait until the problems of literal language have been solved before turning their attention to figurative phenomena. This book offers a comprehensive approach to the computational treatment of metaphor and its figurative brethren-including simile, analogy, and conceptual blending-that does not shy away from their important cognitive and philosophical dimensions. Veale, Shutova, and Beigman Klebanov approach metaphor from multiple computational perspectives, providing coverage of both symbolic and statistical approaches to interpretation and paraphrase generation, while also considering key contributions from philosophy on what constitutes the "meaning" of a metaphor. This book also surveys available metaphor corpora and discusses protocols for metaphor annotation. Any reader with an interest in metaphor, from beginning researchers to seasoned scholars, will find this book to be an invaluable guide to what is a fascinating linguistic phenomenon.
18 May 2011
TL;DR: The cognitive model that governs the forms and uses of the cyclic gesture, recurrent in a corpus of spontaneous German conversations, is described, showing a stable form-meaning relationship and a new, semantic, perspective on the notion of gesture families.
Abstract: In this paper we describe the cognitive model that governs the forms and uses of the cyclic gesture, recurrent in a corpus of spontaneous German conversations. The gesture shows a stable form-meaning relationship: The continuous circular outward movement correlates with the semantic core of cyclic continuity in each context of use. On the basis of a thorough analysis of each of the 56 instances found in the data, we found that the cyclic gesture is not used randomly but distributed over a stable set of contexts of use showing a systematic variation of form and meaning. Furthermore, the analysis revealed that the image schema cycle, which the core of this gesture is reminiscent of, is metaphorically construed drawing on the metaphors mind is a machine, body is a machine, and time is motion through space. According to these findings, we argue for a shared underlying Idealized Cognitive Model (ICM, cf. Lakoff 1987) which functions as a model for thinking about and classifying cyclic events and guides the uses of this gesture. Via our study, we can give a new, semantic, perspective on the notion of gesture families.
TL;DR: In this article, the authors explore the phenomenon of the "ambiguous corporeality" of saintly bodies as they were represented in hagiography and in the cult of relics.
Abstract: Attending to the material orientation of the spiritualizing and ascetic culture of late ancient Christianity, this essay explores the phenomenon of the "ambiguous corporeality" of saintly bodies as they were represented in hagiography and in the cult of relics. Central to the religious sensibility that was both promoted and elicited by these representations were convictions that everyday human life was saturated with divine presence, and that the human body could be a locus of sanctity. Hagiographic texts employed sensory realism, especially in terms of sight and touch, in order to articulate how the holy could be present in the world in a nonidolatrous way. Both ephemeral and tangible at once, saintly bodies provided a site for the negotiation of central theological concerns, with the implications of the doctrine of the incarnation being among the most significant.
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