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Bibil Identifier bibil:251120
Publication Type Article of book
Title (English, Long) God, Metaphor, and the Language of the Hemispheres
Author McGilchrist, Iain
Edited book Religion, Language, and the Human Mind
Year (Reference) 2018
Language English
Pages 135-168 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Both too strict an adherence to current models of understanding and too great a willingness to dispense with them are potential paths to error. Explicit, rationalising thought processes cannot avoid dependence on intuitive and embodied knowledge. Furthermore some areas of experience are clearly distorted by the process of making them explicit at all. Each hemisphere attends to the world differently, and therefore inevitably produces an experiential world with different qualities. The left hemisphere uses those aspects of language that aid focus on what is explicit and measurable; the right uses aspects of language, such as metaphor, that are capable of expressing, as does music, what by its nature remains resistant to such a process. This chapter examines theories about laterality and metaphor, as well as the relationship between metaphor, music and other aspects of principally right hemisphere function, relating them to the capacity for understanding religious meaning.
DOI 10.1093/oso/9780190636647.003.0006
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Theolinguistic
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Hermeneutics : Metaphor
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