Metaphors of Mind

Metaphors of Mind

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An encyclopedic dictionary along the lines of Voltairea€™s classic Dictionnaire Philosophique, Metaphors of Mind provides an in-depth look at the myriad ways in which Enlightenment writers used figures of speech to characterize the mind. Drawn from Brad Pasaneka€™s massive online archive,, this volume constitutes a veritable treasury of mental metaphorics. Dividing the book into eleven broad metaphorical categoriesa€”Animals, Coinage, Court, Empire, Fetters, Impressions, Inhabitants, Metal, Mirror, Rooms, and Writinga€”Pasanek maps out constellations of metaphors. He frames his collection of literary excerpts in each section with a more descriptive and theoretical discussion of what he calls qdesultory reading, q a form of unsystematic perusal of writing frequently employed by Enlightenment thinkers. By surveying the printed past alongside the digital present, the book treats eighteenth-century writing as its topic while essentially exemplifying its rhetorical approach. More than an exercise in quotation, this intellectual history offers illuminating readings of fragmentary literary works and confrontations with neoclassical and contemporary theories of metaphor. The booka€™s entries complicate received ideas about Lockea€™s blank slate, question M. H. Abramsa€™ claims about mirrors and lamps, and chart changing frequencies of metal metaphors in a moment of industrial revolution. The book also responds to current anxieties about reading and the mass digitization of literature, touching on recent discussions of qdistant reading, q qshallow reading, q and qsurface reading.q Promoting critical and creative anachronism, Metaphors of Mind redefines the notion of an archive in the age of Amazon and Google Books. -- Jenny Davidson, Columbia University, author of Reading Style: A Life in SentencesAn Eighteenth-Century Dictionary Brad Pasanek ... Summa Theologiae (I, Q76 A8, Obj 3). ... Cheynea#39;s metaphor appears in his earlier Essay of Health and Long Life (George Strahan, 1724), 144. ... a€œFrom Mechanism to Vitalism in EighteenthCentury Physiology, a€ Journal of the History of Biology 7 (Fall 1974): 179a€“ 216. 41.

Title:Metaphors of Mind
Author: Brad Pasanek
Publisher:JHU Press - 2015-07-02

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