The Subjective Self

The Subjective Self

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For all their strides in understanding how we create and think about cultures, psychologists, linguists, and logicians have had difficulty explaining how we conceive our selves?how the self can, in fact, be both the object and the subjective originator of its surroundings. Harwood Fisher's purpose in this far-reaching, interdisciplinary book is to depict the subjective self in its true complex duality. In The Subjective Self, Fisher argues that the key to depicting both aspects of the self simultaneously and thus modeling it more holistically than before is to visualize the self in a logical space. From an origin point inside this space, the self tries out metaphors and launches categories to logically order what it wants, sees, and encounters. This is a creative cognitive process, qmetaphoric framing, q by which the self invents new forms and depicts new organizations of its experiences, impressions, and information. It is also a generative linguistic process, qbracketing, q by which the self can step outside its own expressed thoughts, gain new levels of awareness, re-position itself as an agent responsible for its ideas and statements, and, in short, empower its own identity. The framing sets in motion versatile mental categories?forms that are projected into mental space, where they become objectified. The bracketing sets in motion the logical bounds of the qI, q stabilizing the individual's identity and giving thrust to the subjective self's dynamic causal role. In elaborating this theory, Fisher extends the ideas of Kurt Lewin, Jean Piaget, and C. S. Peirce, among others. By drawing on each of these thinkers, he is able to bring their common themes of perspective and construction together in his portrait of the self as a creative iconic space.Ah. Agency. Schematic Analysis of a Genus-Species Exchange The one-take logical reading of the contextualists is loaded in the direction of the Schema tiber alles. So leta#39;s see whether - and if so, how far it goes a€” we can utilize a schematicanbsp;...

Title:The Subjective Self
Author:Harwood Fisher
Publisher:U of Nebraska Press - 2001


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