A Psychohistory of Metaphors: Envisioning Time, Space, and Self through the Centuries (Hardback)Brian J. McVeigh (author)
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Publisher: Lexington Books
Number of pages: 244
Weight: 526 g
Dimensions: 239 x 158 x 24 mm
McVeigh's Psychohistory traces in detail the development of introspection, augmenting the ideas of Julian Jaynes. He explains how and why introspection developed in all its variations. He presents a well-documented history of this development in its cultural contexts. This is one of the books Jaynes said needed to be written. It provides a fascinating history of the often confusing and rarely documented cultural evolution of human consciousness. A must-read for scholars of history of the mind and Julian Jaynes. -- John F. Hainly, Southern University
McVeigh extends the work of the psychologist Julian Jaynes by revealing the close coupling between the character of the interior self and the ever-changing social context . . . A Psychohistory of Metaphors is a welcome and important contribution to our understanding of the conscious narrative self. But beyond its standing as an invaluable resource, it is also a pleasure to read. With personal stories of McVeigh's childhood wonderings about the locations of heaven and hell, for example, seamlessly woven into texts of academic excellence, the book is as engaging as it is informative. With such depth and commitment to scholarship, this book promises to be a source of continual surprises and understandings over multiple readings. It is one of those books to keep close by on the shelf for many years to come. -- Bill Rowe, Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics
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