Metanoia: A Speculative Ontology of Language, Thinking, and the Brain

Author:   Armen Avanessian (Free University Berlin, Germany) ,  Anke Hennig (Free University Berlin, Germany) ,  Levi R. Bryant (Professor of Philosophy)
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9781350004733


Pages:   224
Publication Date:   08 August 2019
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Metanoia: A Speculative Ontology of Language, Thinking, and the Brain


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Fusing speculative realism, analytical and linguistic philosophy this book theorises the fundamental impact the experience of reading has on us. In reading, language provides us with a world and meaning becomes perceptible. We can connect with another subjectivity, another place, another time. At its most extreme, reading changes our understanding of the world around us. Metanoia- meaning literally a change of mind or a conversion-refers to this kind of new way of seeing. To see the world in a new light is to accept that our thinking has been irrevocably transformed. How is that possible? And is it merely an intellectual process without any impact on the world outside our brains? Tackling these questions, this book mobilizes discussions from linguistics, literary theory, philosophy of language, and cognitive science. It re-articulates linguistic consciousness by underlining the poetic, creative moment of language and sheds light on the ability of language to transform not only our thinking but the world around us as well.

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Author:   Armen Avanessian (Free University Berlin, Germany) ,  Anke Hennig (Free University Berlin, Germany) ,  Levi R. Bryant (Professor of Philosophy)
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Academic
ISBN:  

9781350004733


ISBN 10:   1350004731
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   08 August 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Manufactured on demand   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

Introduction by Levi Bryant I Poetics Principles of Ligual Poiesis The Poetic Function of Language (Jakobson) The Potentializing Function of Language (Guillaume) Poietic Linguistics The Myth of the Arbitrariness of the Sign Speculative Poetics II The Analytic Circle The Ligual Creation of a True World Triadic Logic of the Sign (Pierce) The Poetic Triad The Linguistic Turn, or: the Signified as Predicate of the Signifier S means X by Y (Kripke, Meillassoux, Harman) Lingual Things and the Ontology of Individuals (Strawson) III Speculation Aspects of a Poetics of Thought The Speculative Triad Subject - Object - Other: our Methodical Constellation Abduction as a Poietic Procedure Poeticizing Philosophy IV Cognition Metanoia is an Anagram of Anatomie173 The Recursive Structure of Cognition (Metzinger and Malabou) The Coevolution of Language and the Brain Aspects of Universal Grammar (Chomsky v. Leiss): Generative, Extra-linguistic, Cognitive Semiotics of the Brain (Deacon) Epilogue The Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth! Matters Ethical (and Religious) Going Beyond Thought: Temporality Glossary Notes Index

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How does reading texts actually alter our minds? This simple but important question is at the core of Metanoia. Armen Avanessian and Anke Hennig's intricately argued intervention updates literary philosophy for the 21st century. Synthesizing linguistics, poetics and cutting-edge neurophilosophy, Metanoia powerfully vindicates the claim that literature can transform our consciousness. -- Mark Fisher, formerly Lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK `In the concept of metanoia Avanessian and Hennig discern a phenomenon that is far more pervasive than the religious register and its conversions, but that lies at the core of thought and language. There is a power of language, thought, and speech to transform both the subject and the world. How is it, Avanessian and Hennig wonder, that a book, a poem, a conversation, or a line of thinking can fundamentally transform both the subject and the world?' * Levi Bryant, Collin College, Fort-Worth, USA *


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Armen Avanessian is Visiting Faculty in the MA Aesthetics and Politics program in the School of Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts, USA, and Visiting Lecturer at the Art Institute, FHN Academy Basel, Switzerland. In 2012 he founded a bilingual research platform on Speculative Poetics, including a series of events, translations and publications: www.spekulative-poetik.de. He also is the co-editor of Genealogies of Speculation (Bloomsbury 2016). Anke Hennig teaches at the Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany, in the Peter Szondi Institute of Comparative Literature and is a Research Fellow in the Collaborative Research Centre 626 `Aesthetic Experience and the Dissolution of Artistic Limits'. Her research interests lie in poetics and the philosophy of literature, Russian Formalism, the avant-garde, and totalitarian aesthetics.

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