Cognitive Idealization: On the Nature and Utility of Cognitive Ideals

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Ethical idealization pivots on idealities in the sphere of human action. Cognitive idealization, by contrast, pivots on idealization in the sphere of our knowledge. Accordingly, the task of the present book is to consider the role of idealization in cognitive matters and to establish its utility in this realm. For the somewhat ironic fact of the matter is that our recourse to unrealizable idealities finds its explanation and justification in the substantial benefits that flow from such a proceeding. It is, ironically, in its utility that the rationale of ideality is to be sought. The book brings together lines of thought about the kinship between idealism and pragmatism that have occupied the author s work for many years. 'This intellectually stimulating volume successfully integrates different approaches to Critical Discourse Analysis with a range of Cognitive Linguistic approaches. It is unusual to see such a high degree of thematic integration between chapters that bring together theoretical reflection on metaphor and conceptualisation from a critical linguistic perspective. Together they enhance understanding of how language draws on cognition in both construal and understanding. The excellent and detailed index makes the volume highly accessible to a wide range of readers. ' Jonathan Charteris-Black, Professor of Linguistics, University of West of England

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"This intellectually stimulating volume successfully integrates different approaches to Critical Discourse Analysis with a range of Cognitive Linguistic approaches. It is unusual to see such a high degree of thematic integration between chapters that bring together theoretical reflection on metaphor and conceptualisation from a critical linguistic perspective. Together they enhance understanding of how language draws on cognition in both construal and understanding. The excellent and detailed index makes the volume highly accessible to a wide range of readers. " -Jonathan Charteris-Black, Professor of Linguistics, University of West of England

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Katarzyna Pieprzak is an Assistant Professor at Williams College in the Department of Romance Languages and Program in Comparative Literature. Magali Compan is an Assistant Professor at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, where she teaches Francophone Literatures and Cultures.

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