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Humanist Archives: Jan. 5, 2019, 9:23 a.m. Humanist 32.305 - toward a theory of the corpus

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        Date: 2019-01-04 16:24:10+00:00
        From: Jim Rovira 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.302: toward a theory of the corpus

Thanks for your responses, Bill. I realize more detailed answers would just
require me to read your book, which I hope to do.

In philosophy, "mind" usually refers to an immaterial object that exists
after the death of the body, and "brain" is its material counterpart that
conducts thought within the body. If you reject immaterialism, then we can
only talk about brain functions. You're defining mind as a kind of brain
function, so if you do that within the book, that works. Still, any kind of
mental mapping should have some kind of empirically detectable correlate
within the brain. We may not know how the correlate works, but it should be

Literary studies hasn't been concerned only with close reading for decades
now. Structuralism, for example, rejects the idea of "hidden" meaning
"inside" a text and asserts that meaning is outside the text. And, of
course, literary studies has been interested in the relationship between
language, aesthetic effects, and brain structure since at least I.A.
Richards in the 1920s.

Jim R

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