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"[A] brilliant exploration . . . [A] very close and
convincing argument. . . Turner's work must be highly recommended.
[A] welcome antidote to today's fad of
theorizing for theory's sake. . . . What Turner
has achieved is important to the study of literature.
Indeed, on the present North American scene it seems to be one of
the most promising approaches."
"A solid and original investigation into the theoretical
underpinnings of the sciences humaines and an example of a
truly interdisciplinary study."
"To those in the profession of literary studies, no task
could be more urgent. Works such as [this] form the vanguard of
our understanding; from the research front, they signal the
presence of new and more fruitful relationships between the
sciences and rhetorical and literary studies."
"A marvelous book that leads us deep into the real
mysteries of thought and language. The considerable expertise of
Mark Turner in literature, linguistics, and cognitive science
yields a unique and powerful combination. The book is of great
theoretical significance and it is a pleasure to read."
"It is not unusual to deplore the currently marginal
situation of the humanities, together with the traditional division
of disciplines which separates them from the sciences. What is
unusual about Reading Minds is that Turner proposes radical,
reasonable, and exciting new solutions to these problems. This
book will fundamentally change your understanding of Chomsky, or of
Derrida, or of Hirsch--but most crucially of the context of
"A philosophically sophisticated work that goes a long way
toward an empirically responsible account of the bodily and
imaginative bases of concepts, meaning, reasoning, and language."