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Acts of Meaning

Acts of Meaning

Four Lectures on Mind and Culture

Jerome Bruner

ISBN 9780674003613

Publication date: 01/01/1993

Jerome Bruner argues that the cognitive revolution, with its current fixation on mind as “information processor,” has led psychology away from the deeper objective of understanding mind as a creator of meanings. Only by breaking out of the limitations imposed by a computational model of mind can we grasp the special interaction through which mind both constitutes and is constituted by culture.

Praise

  • The failure of the cognitive revolution to unravel the mysteries of the workings of the human mind as the creator of meanings is the starting point for Jerome Bruner’s Acts of Meaning. He argues that psychology should return to human concerns, especially the role of culture in shaping our thoughts and the language we use to express them… [He] seems to have read and assimilated everyone else’s ideas on the topics he discusses. He can—and does—allude to them in context, so that we are constantly rubbing elbows with the giants on whose shoulders he stands. Erudite and recondite, the text glistens with Bruner’s bold style.

    —Dava Sobel, New York Times Book Review

Author

  • Jerome Bruner was University Professor at New York University.

Book Details

  • 208 pages
  • 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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