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Thinking Through the ImaginationAesthetics in Human Cognition$
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John Kaag

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823254934

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823254934.001.0001

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The Evolution of the Imagination

The Evolution of the Imagination

(p.139) Seven The Evolution of the Imagination
Thinking Through the Imagination

John Kaag

Fordham University Press

This chapter makes the turn toward cognitive neuroscience and contemporary studies of embodiment, specifically asking whether this disciplines are equipped to conduct the empirical studies of the imagination. Kaag focuses on the work of Mark Johnson, George Lakoff, Gerald Edelman, and Donald Tucker in order to make two related claims: 1) that Johnson's work on metaphor suggests that human cognition reflects the plasticity and embodied character that has historically been reserved for describing the nature of the imagination and 2) that Edelman's work on neural Darwinism begins to explain the biologica underpinnings of Johnson's theory of metaphor.

Keywords:   Embodiment, Biology, neural activation, Edelman, Johnson, Metaphor, Pragmatism, mirror neurons

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