Monday, April 20, 2015

Selective image schema and limited worldviews

Following up on the last post, following are some of my responses to this IPS discussion, also posted on the FB IPS discussion:

Another point Edwards makes in that thread, one relevant to other FB IPS discussions on the imposition of UL structural levels on other zones, is the following from this post:

"AQAL metatheory has focused almost exclusively on the stage-based approach where development is seen as the holarchical emergence of qualitatively new forms of complexity and capacities. This is, what I call, the developmental holarchy lens. However, this is only one among many other explanatory lenses that might be used to describe and understand transformation.... We need to combine it with and differentiate it from many other lenses if we are to see how stage-based development aligns with other aspects of transformation."

Along the line of other lenses missing from AQAL, another point in that linked post is that these other lenses

"tap into some basic relationships that exist in the human experience of reality. Consequently, they show up within every attempt to understand, explain, or get some handle on the complexity that exists within and around us and between us and through us. I see them as coming out of some kind of morphological fault line in the Kosmos, windows that we create and which we are drawn to look through, proclivities that we innately possess as sentient beings who act and imagine."

I noted in that post that indeed, the image schema (per Lakoff's work) provide that morphological fault line. I said:

"There are different kinds of preconceptual image schemas, which ground the basic categories: container, part-whole, link, center-periphery, source-path-goal, up-down, front-back and linear order are some examples. Concepts then build on these schemas: categories in general build on container schemas, hierarichal structures in terms of part-whole and up-down, relations in terms of links, radial structure in terms of center-periphery etc. I find an interesting correlation here with Mark Edwards' pluralistic lenses. [...] holarchical, bipolar, cyclical, standpoint, relational" etc.

I also noted in other Ning IPS threads how these image schema show up as the different ways we formulate philosophical worldviews. From the above referenced link I relate how Lakoff sees the objectivitst paradigm as being solely reliant on a hierarchical category lens, and as a result we get a very dualistic, metaphysical conception of the world. While I don't see that Edwards criticizes this particular aspect in AQAL you can see I've repeated made that same connection with kennilingus metaphysical dualism.

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