Poetry and Mind: Tractatus Poetico-Philosophicus (Idiom: Inventing Writing Theory)

Poetry and Mind: Tractatus Poetico-Philosophicus (Idiom: Inventing Writing Theory)

By: Laurent Dubreuil (author)Paperback

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"What one cannot compute, one must poetize." So concludes this remarkable sequence of propositions on the centrality of poetry for what we call cognition. Developed through brief, lucid, and eloquent logical elaborations that are punctuated by incisive readings of a range of poems-Western and non-Western, low culture and high-Poetry and Mind offers to theorists and practitioners of literature, together with logicians and cognitive scientists, a more sophisticated account of the extraordinary regimes of human mental experience. Poetry grants us the ability to move "beyond the limits of thought" and to explore the beyond of cognition. It teaches us to think differently. An elliptic response to Wittgenstein's point of arrival in the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, this book is first and foremost an interdisciplinary study of poetry, drawing on literary, philosophical, and scientific traditions. The work conducted on minds and brains over the last decades in psychology, artificial intelligence, and neuroscience cannot be ignored if, as humanists, we are interested in the way we think. Dubreuil thus calls for a constant dialogue with the positive examination of cognition to better situate the normal regimes of thought, as well as to underline the other mental possibilities that literature opens up. Poetry and Mind shows that poetry-a widespread and perhaps universal phenomenon among humans-arises through syntactic structures, cognitive binding, and mental regulations, but that, in going through them, it also exceeds them. The best poems, then, are not only thought experiments but actual thinking experiments for the unthinkable. They expand the usual semantics of natural languages, and singularly deploy the rhetorical armature of speech. Made of iterations and linguistic reorganizations, they exceed their own algorithms and, often, they become reflexive, strange, and cognitively dissonant. They provide detachable, movable, and livable significations to our selves. The literary scope of this book is more than "global": it is uniquely broad and comparative, encompassing dozens of different traditions, oral or written, from all continents, from Ancient times to the contemporary era, with some thirty specific readings of texts, ranging from Sophocles to Gertrude Stein, from Wang Wei to Aime Cesaire, and from cuneiform tablet to rap music. Together, Dubreuil's readings and elaborations offer a major reappraisal of the relations between creation, language and our embodied brains.

About Author

Laurent Dubreuil is a Professor of Comparative Literature, Romance Studies, and Cognitive Science at Cornell University and a Senior International Professor at the Tsinghua University Institute for World Literatures and Cultures. His most recent books are The Intellective Space: Thinking Beyond Cognition and The Refusal of Politics.

Contents

Foreword by Gale A. Brewer ix Foreword by Ruben Diaz, Jr. xi Part I: Overview 1 Housing Issues and Experiences 3 2 Getting Started at Settlement Housing Fund 11 Part II: A West Bronx Story 3 Walton and Townsend 19 4 Deciding to Own and Competing to Win 30 5 Collaborations and Battles 39 6 Here Come the Families 49 7 The Stucco Falls Off and the Playground Collapses 61 8 Finding Jack 67 9 Community Programs, Philosophy, and Achievements 76 10 New Settlement Community Campus: The Schools, Center, and Pool 83 11 A Few of the Families 103 12 New Settlement Today 127 Part III: A Tale of Two Bridges 13 Two Bridges: The Early Years 137 14 Two Bridges Houses 143 15 Lands End I 152 16 Lands End II 163 17 The Pathmark 172 18 Two Bridges Townhouses 180 19 Two Bridges Senior Housing 187 20 Two Bridges Tower 195 21 The Future for Two Bridges 213 Part IV: Looking Ahead 22 Lessons and Recommendations 219 Appendix: List of Federal, State, and Local Programs 243 Acknowledgments 247 Index 249

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  • ISBN13: 9780823279647
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 128
  • ID: 9780823279647
  • ISBN10: 0823279642

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