The Major Metaphors of European Thought-growth, Game, Language, Drama, Machine, Time and Space

The Major Metaphors of European Thought-growth, Game, Language, Drama, Machine, Time and Space

By: Robert N. St.Clair (author)Paperback

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This work documents the six major European metaphors that constitute Western thought, and examines the theoretical foundations of metaphors and what roles they play in epistemology, history of ideas and sociology of culture.


Table of Contents iii Preface by Richard Harvey Brown v Acknowledgments ix Chapter 1 The Structure of Social Metaphor 1 Conceptual Explications, Metaphor and Social Reality, Cardinal Metaphors of Western Culture, Rhetoric versus Dialectics, Humboldtian Linguistics and Cultural Saliency, Metaphorical Structures and Conceptual Space, Figures of Speech as Extrasystemic Communication, Concluding Remarks. Chapter 2 Metaphor as Epistemology 55 Human Sciences versus Natural Sciences, The Structural Valuation of Language, Cultural Saliency and the Lexicon, A Vocabulary of Motives, Concluding Remarks. Chapter 3 The Metaphor of Growth 99 The role of metaphor in theory, Aristotelian Cycles of Growth, The Parameters of the Growth Metaphor, The Natural History of Language, The Natural History of Society, Developmental Linguistics and the Metaphor of Growth, Developmental Linguistics. Chapter 4 The Dramaturgical Metaphor 139 The Presentation of Self, The Sociology of Drama, Plays within Plays, Symbolic Interactionism and the Metaphor of the Stage, The Sociology of Knowledge, Defining the Situation, Emergence, Role Taking, Those Who are Excluded from the Theater of Life, Character Disorders as Psychological Drama, Chapter 5 The Game Metaphor 183 Culture as a Game, A Transversal of Culture as Play, An Expanded Theory of Games, Wittgenstein on Language Games, The Game Metaphor in Counseling, The Social Construction of the Sports Culture, The Rise of the Play Movement, The Business of Re-Creation, Play as Epistemology. Chapter 6 The Metaphor of Form 223 Introduction to the Representation of Forms, The System of Verbal Forms, Semiotic Structures, The Morphology of the Folk Tale, The Syntax of the Novel. Chapter 7 The Machine Metaphor 275 The Mechanization of America, Ancient Engineers, The Rise of the Crafts in the Middle Ages, L'homme la Machine, The Second Wave, The Reenchantment of the World, The Information Machine, Cybernetics, The Digital Machine, Artificial Intelligence, The Psychological Machine, The Mind as Computer, Grammatical Man, The Social Machine, The Writing Machine, The Machine Metaphor in Philosophy, The Operational Model. Chapter 8 Metaphors of Space and Time 323 Being and Becoming, From Being to becoming, Mystical Time, Sacred and Profane Time, Existential Time, The Fatalistic Time Track, The Science of Time, The Spacetime of Relativity, The Physics of Time and Space, Biological Time. Chapter 9 Concluding Remarks 369 Analogy versus Metaphor, Systemic Analogies and Componential Metaphors, Overlapping Systems, Structural Change, Cultural Scripts, Linguistic Comprehension and Culture, The Officiating of Language and Culture, Mainstreaming Cultural Metaphors. Bibliographical References 417

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  • ISBN13: 9780773472327
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 436
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  • ISBN10: 0773472320

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