Image schemas and political ontology

Harrison, Karey (2013) Image schemas and political ontology. In: Communication, cognition and media: political and economic discourse. Universidade Catolica Portuguesa, Braga, Portugal, pp. 239-254. ISBN 978-972‑697‑213-6

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In this paper theoretical discourses of political philosophy and economic theory are discussed in terms of schematic representations. These representations capture important features of the idealised cognitive models structuring political and economic discourse. Political theory provides the context with which to show how the use of visual and concrete representations (images) of conceptual metaphors can be used as a tool for exposing, analysing and testing the ontological commitments structuring theories in the sciences and social sciences. Significantly, Kuhn's (1962) argument that scientific research is based on the exploitation and extension of 'concrete analogy[s]' – understood as 'picture[s] of concrete object[s]' is developed to show how concrete images or analogies can be used as a tool for conducting metaphoric analysis. This leads to my suggesting alternative ways of thinking about gestalt images, visual perception, representation, image and motor schemas. I then demonstrate the use of models and metaphors as manipulable material artefacts to explore the ontological commitments of social sciences such as political theory.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Paper presented at: 2nd International Conference on Communication, Cognition and Media: Political and Economic Discourse 19-21 Sep 2012 in Portugal.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2013 04:26
Last Modified: 03 May 2017 01:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: cognitive linguistics; gestalt image; image schema; metaphor; ontology; paradigm; political theory
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2004 Linguistics > 200499 Linguistics not elsewhere classified
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200101 Communication Studies
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220313 Philosophy of Language
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950299 Communication not elsewhere classified

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