Image schemas and political ontology

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Harrison, Karey. 2013. "Image schemas and political ontology." da Silva, Augusto Soares, Martins, Jose Candido, Magalhaes, Luisa and Goncalves, Miguel (ed.) Communication, cognition and media: political and economic discourse. Braga, Portugal. Universidade Catolica Portuguesa. pp. 239-254
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Image schemas and political ontology

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
Book TitleCommunication, cognition and media: political and economic discourse
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AuthorHarrison, Karey
Editorsda Silva, Augusto Soares, Martins, Jose Candido, Magalhaes, Luisa and Goncalves, Miguel
Page Range239-254
Number of Pages16
Year2013
PublisherUniversidade Catolica Portuguesa
Place of PublicationBraga, Portugal
ISBN9789726972136
Abstract

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.

Keywordscognitive linguistics; gestalt image; image schema; metaphor; ontology; paradigm; political theory
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470499. Linguistics not elsewhere classified
470101. Communication studies
500314. Philosophy of language
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Paper presented at: 2nd International Conference on Communication, Cognition and Media: Political and Economic Discourse 19-21 Sep 2012 in Portugal.

Byline AffiliationsSchool of Humanities and Communication
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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