Studies in the History of Philosophy of Mind

The Natural philosophy of Emanuel Swedenborg

A Study in the Conceptual Metaphors of the Mechanistic World-View

Authors: Duner, David

  • Comprehensive study of Emanuel Swedenborg's mechanistic worldview and metaphorical way of thinking up to the year 1734
  • New perspective of the mechanistic philosophy of the 17th and 18th century: the cognitive metaphors of the mind and its role in the formation of scientific theories
  • Casts new light on Swedenborg's later spiritual philosophy and doctrine of correspondences
  • Winner of the Pro Lingua Translation Award for promoting eminent Swedish research​
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Although Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) is commonly known for his spiritual philosophy, his early career was focused unnatural science. During this period, Swedenborg thought of the world was like a gigantic machine, following the laws of mechanics and geometry. This volume analyzes this mechanistic worldview from the cognitive perspective, by means of a study of the metaphors in Swedenborg’s texts. The author argues that these conceptual metaphors are vital skills of the creative mind and scientific thinking, used to create visual analogies and abstract ideas. This means that Swedenborg’s mechanistic and geometrical worldview, allowed him to perceive the world as mechanical and geometrical. Swedenborg thought ”with” books and pens. The reading gave him associations and clues, forced him to interpret, and gave him material for his intellectual development.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Natural philosophy of Emanuel Swedenborg
Book Subtitle
A Study in the Conceptual Metaphors of the Mechanistic World-View
Authors
Series Title
Studies in the History of Philosophy of Mind
Series Volume
11
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-4560-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-4560-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-4559-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9821-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 476
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