Image-Schematic Basis of Meaning

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Title: Image-Schematic Basis of Meaning
Author: Johnson, Mark, 1949-
Abstract: According to a new program known as “Cognative Semantics,” there exists an intimate relation between perception and meaning. The allegedly “higher” cognitive functions that construct meaning and make reasoning possible are continuous with and inseparable from our sensorimotor activities. I explore the nature of an “image schema” as the basic imaginative structure that connects our embodied experience with our understanding of abstract domains and acts of inference. This account indicates the ways in which standard objectivist theories of meaning, knowledge, and rationality fail to capture crucial dimensions of our cognitive experience.
Description: 10 p.
Date: 1989

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