Mark Johnson (*1949)

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  • Cognitive linguistics

Research Interests

  • Embodied philosophy, cognitive science

Notable Ideas

  • developed a theory of image schema as basic building blocks in cognitive linguistics for conceptual metaphor

Academic Life

Mark L. Johnson (born 24 May 1949 in Kansas City, Missouri) is Knight Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Oregon.

He is well-known for contributions to embodied philosophy, cognitive science and cognitive linguistics, some of which he has co-authored with George Lakoff such as Metaphors We Live By. However, he has also written extensively on philosophical topics such as John Dewey, Kant and ethics.

Main Publications

  • Johnson, Mark (1980). Metaphors We Live By (co-authored with George Lakoff), University of Chicago.
  • Johnson, Mark (1987). The Body in the Mind: The Bodily Basis of Meaning, Imagination, and Reason, University of Chicago.
  • Johnson, Mark (1993). Moral Imagination: Implications of Cognitive Science for Ethics, University of Chicago.
  • Johnson, Mark (1999). Philosophy in the Flesh: The Embodied Mind and Its Challenge to Western Thought, (co-authored with George Lakoff), Basic Books.

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