Susanne Langer in Focus

Susanne Langer in Focus : The Symbolic Mind

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Susanne Langer (1895-1985) was one of American philosophy's most distinctive thinkers. Her philosophy was a deep exploration of human life as a continuous process of meaning-making through symbolic forms. Here, Robert E. Innis brings readers closer to Langer's precise and nuanced account of the symbolic mind. Innis shows how Langer's thought spans the sciences, aesthetics, psychology, religion, education, and music, and where it touches on concerns that were brought forward by American pragmatists such as John Dewey and William James. Innis reveals Langer's intense focus on making meaning clear as he covers her entire philosophical career. Highlighting what is of permanent value to American philosophy in Langer's work, he determines exactly what her positions were and why she proposed them. Readers will find a keen appreciation for and critical appraisal of Langer's unique philosophical vision.show more

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  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 17.78mm | 453.59g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 025322053X
  • 9780253220530
  • 1,098,343

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Robert Innis has performed an immensely valuable service for scholars in the fields of American philosophy, aesthetics, and semiotics. Not only does his comprehensive view of Susanne K. Langer's opus show us its development, but this is the only book in English devoted solely to Langer. * The Pluralist *show more

About Robert E. Innis

Robert E. Innis is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He is author of Semiotics: An Introductory Anthology (IUP, 1985) and Consciousness and the Play of Signs (IUP, 1994). His most recent book is Pragmatism and the Forms of Sense: Language, Perception, Technics.show more

Table of contents

Preface and AcknowledgmentsBiographical NoteAbbreviations and Langer BibliographyIntroduction: Links, Themes, and Intersections1. The Roots of Langer's Philosophical Project: On the "Logic" of Meaning2. Symbolic Transformation: Philosophy's New Key3. Meaning after Language: Ritual, Myth, and Art4. Framing the Art Symbol: Forms of Feeling5. Art Forms: The Logic of Primary Illusions6. The Mind of Feeling7. From Acts to Symbolization8. The Symbolic Animal9. Placing Langer's Philosophical ProjectList of ReferencesIndexshow more

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