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- DescriptionIn everyday reasoning - just as in science and art - kwledge is acquired more by doing than with long analyses. What do we do when we discover something new? How can we define and explore the pattern of this reasoning, traditionally called synthetic ? Following in the steps of classic pragmatists, especially C.S. Pierce, Giovanni Maddalena's Philosophy of Gesture revolutionizes the pattern of synthesis through the ideas of change and continuity and proposes gesture as a new tool for synthesis. Defining gesture as an action with a beginning and an end that carries on a meaning, Maddalena explains that it is a dense blending of all kinds of phemena - feelings and vague ideas, actual actions, habits of actions - and of signs - icons, indexes, and symbols. When the blending of phemena and signs is densest, the gesture is complete, and its power of introducing something new in kwledge is at its highest level. Examples of complete gestures are religious liturgies, public and private rites, public and private actions that establish an identity, artistic performances, and hypothesizing experiments. A departure from a traditional Kantian framework for understanding the nature and function of reason, The Philosophy of Gesture proposes an approach that is more attuned with our ordinary way of reasoning and of apprehending new kwledge.
- Author BiographyGiovanni Maddalena is professor of philosophy at the University of Molise.
- Author(s)Giovanni Maddalena
- PublisherMcGill-Queen's University Press
- Date of Publication30/10/2015
- SubjectPsychology: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Place of PublicationMontreal
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintMcGill-Queen's University Press
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight431 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine20 mm
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