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The Life Of Symbols

ISBN 9780367309022
Published May 31, 2021 by Routledge
318 Pages

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Book Description

This volume considers the role of analogy in symbol formation, with reference to bodily process. It focuses on symbols and symbolic structures that can be traced over millenia and across geographical distance and addresses the beginnings of figurative art in the Upper Paleolithic cave paintings.

Table of Contents

Preface -- Introduction -- Beginnings -- The Ontogeny and Phylogeny of Symbolizing -- The Origin of Counting: A Rethinking of Upright Posture -- Paleolithic Semiotics: Behavioral Analogs to Speech in Acheulean Sites -- Analogy, Language, and the Symbolic Process -- Persistence and Congruity -- Red Ocher in the Paleolithic -- Philosophy of the Corpse: Modes of Disposal and Their Cultural Correlates -- “Neolithic” Patterns of Face Representation: A Neuro-Evolutionary Ecological Study -- Cognitive Cores and Flint Flakes -- Figuration -- Corralling Life -- Representation of Movement in Upper Paleolithic Figurative Art -- Symbols and Sacred Images of Old Europe -- Abstraction -- A Neolithic Sign System in Southeastern Europe -- The Birth and Life of Signs

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