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Symbolic Worlds
Art, Science, Language, Ritual

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  • Date Published: March 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511835698

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  • In this important and broad-ranging book, Israel Scheffler explores the various ways in which the mind functions symbolically. This involves considering not only the worlds of the sciences and the arts, but also such activities as religious ritual and child's play. The book offers an integrated treatment of ambiguity and metaphor, analyses of play and ritual, and an extended discussion of the relations between scientific symbol systems and reality. What emerges is a picture of the basic symbol-forming character of the mind.

    • Has same kind of broad readership as Hausman's Metaphor and Art
    • Topic of interdisciplinary interest
    • Scheffler is a distinguished philosopher with many books to his credit
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    "Israel Scheffler's Symbolic Worlds is a masterful demonstration that there is new territory to explore and settle by looking at the world through the filter of language. Philosophy in Review

    "Scheffler's book reminds one of those good old days when symbolic worlds could still be closed by "strict methodological canons." Jens Brockmeier, Journal of Educational Thought

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    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511835698
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Symbol and Reference:
    1. Introduction and background
    2. Denotation and mention-selection
    Part II. Symbol and Ambiguity:
    3. Ambiguity in language
    4. Ambiguity in pictures
    Part III. Symbol and Metaphor:
    5. Ten myths of metaphor
    6. Metaphor and context
    7. Mainsprings of metaphor with Catherine Z. Elgin
    Part IV. Symbol, Play and Art:
    8. Reference and play
    9. Art, science, religion
    Part V. Symbol and Ritual:
    10. Symbol and ritual
    11. Ritual change
    Part VI. Symbol and Reality:
    12. Science and the world
    13. Worlds and versions
    14. World-features and discourse-dependence
    15. Worries about worldmaking

  • Author

    Israel Scheffler, Harvard University, Massachusetts

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