Human Meaning

Mark Turner

in The Literary Mind

Published in print November 1998 | ISBN: 9780195126679
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853007 | DOI:
Human Meaning

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The chapter applies the scientific approach to the question of how human beings recognize and execute small spatial stories which organize and add meaning to an otherwise chaotic jumble of human experiences. The skeletal framework of these stories is called the image schema, which recurs in a person's sensory and motor experience. These schemas originate from the acts of perception and interaction and can be combined to form complex groups. Paralleling the parable, image schemas are also projected through links and paths that assure alignment and preclude conflict. The recognition of spatial stories also necessitates the recognition of the sequence of the related situations which are structured by image schemas. The appropriate human action is then produced through the execution, recognition, imagination, prediction, evaluation, planning, and explanation of these image schemas. The difference between animacy and agency is then discussed, followed by additional research on image schemas.

Keywords: spatial stories; image schema; parable; sequence; action; agency; animacy

Chapter.  6416 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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