Giambattista Vico and the Cognitive Science Enterprise
Year of Publication: 1995
New York, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt/M., Paris, Wien, 1995. XV, 184 pp.
ISBN 978-0-8204-2402-6 pb. (Softcover)
Weight: 0.280 kg, 0.617 lbs
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Perhaps the oldest and most intriguing conundrum of all is the question: What is the mind? In the last decade an interdisciplinary approach, known as cognitive science, has emerged to study the mind with the ideas and methods forged by artificial intelligence researchers. The aim of this book is to suggest ways in which the cognitive science agenda can be shaped more meaningfully according to a view of mind proposed by Giambattista Vico two and a half centuries ago. This view is grounded on the products of imagination. By studying myths, poetry, narrations, etc., the cognitive scientist will discover the creative force behind them.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
The Author: Marcel Danesi is Professor of Semiotics and Italian at the University of Toronto where he is also Director of the Program in Semiotics. Among his publications are: Loanwords and Phonological Methodology, Vico, Metaphor, and the Origin of Language, and Cool: The Signs and Meanings of Adolescence.
«The monograph features the lucid, persuasively argued, well-organized prose for which Danesi is so highly regarded. It should be noted that Danesi does not simply criticize the 'cognitive science enterprise'; he offers a viable alternative research program in its place. This volume belongs on the shelves of all research libraries as well as on those of any serious Vico scholar.» (Frank Nuessel, New Vico Studies)
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General Editor: Donald Philip Verene