In the book’s 16 essays, Larry Lickus covers a range of historical and contemporary philosophers, psychiatrists, scientists, music composers, artists and writers.
PALOS PARK, Ill. –
(PRWEB) November 13, 2012 -- Although the concept of an afterlife can be debated, it’s indisputable that culture and society will continue to live on even when individuals pass away. Parents pass their DNA, memories and customs on to their children, and teachers bestow their knowledge on countless students, notes this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing. Myths help preserve the language, gods and culture of humanity’s ancestors, juxtaposed with the reality of the physical world and the human body’s orientation to it.
“Myths: Body Metaphors in Art, Music & Philosophy” explores the relationship of body metaphors to the outer world. “Body metaphors structure our language and thinking so that we can understand the ins and outs of meanings, the ups and downs of feelings, and the before and after in our lives,” the author writes in the book’s preface. Phrases like “body of knowledge” point to the importance of the experiences of the body. In the book’s 16 essays, Larry Lickus covers a range of historical and contemporary philosophers, psychiatrists, scientists, music composers, artists and writers.
As technology and sciences advanced, bodies and gods “lost their positions as the centers and most important aspects of life and meaning,” Lickus writes. Without bodies to bring meaning, however, the universe would be a cold and empty place. In the selection “Everybody’s Business,” what Lickus calls the heart of the book, he details the role of divine bodies that create mortal bodies and metaphors, the origins of metaphors and body gestures, and their relationship to language. Perhaps people have forgotten the importance of the body and body metaphors, Lickus proposes, because of the body’s pain and its ending in death. This is just one of the intriguing ideas offered in this compelling collection of essays.
This is the second book for author Larry Lickus, who published “Spiral Jerk: Romantic Essays on Life and Death” in 2005. Now retired, Lickus has studied philosophy at DePaul University in Chicago. Lickus has a degree in psychology from Loyola University in Chicago and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Chicago State University. He’s served as a juvenile counselor with the Illinois Department of Corrections, as a child abuse investigator with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and worked as a registered respiratory therapist at Christ Hospital.
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Myths: Body Metaphors in Art, Music & Philosophy
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-1247-6 172 pages $9.75 US
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