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Time, Being and Becoming: Cognitive Models of Innovation and Creation in English


Maciej Litwin

Cognitive linguistics provides tools to discuss identity as a process. Identity depends on the underlying conceptualisation of the present, while innovation and creation are borderline phenomena in epistemology. The two may be seen as generalised accounts of causation as a process: open-ended and closed, where time is conceptualised as real or figurative. Aristotle’s epistemology builds on the conceptualisation of a subject manipulating objects in the visual field. Saint Augustine and Plotinus conceive of time and identity as real and contingent or figurative and necessary. William of Ockham builds on a simple conceptualisation of a time-point matrix as opposed to a duration matrix. British National Corpus findings relate to and comment on these expert philosophical conversations through the medium of cognitive models of «innovation» and «creation», instruments of thought and reason in English.
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This book is an amended form of my doctoral dissertation submitted at University of Wrocław in 2014. The argument it contains had taken many years to develop and there are many people to whom I owe special gratitude for their support, inspiration and companionship along this way. For the sake of brevity I will mention only some of them.

I want to thank Professor Marcin Cieński, Dean of Faculty of Letters at University of Wrocław, for his decision to generously fund this publishing project.

I want to thank Professor Marek Kuźniak of University of Wrocław for his unfailing support, probing questions and continuing challenge on my path of linguistic enquiry. I am greatly indebted for his acceptance of my individual enterprise, especially its idiosyncratic (if not tortuous) trajectory over these years.

I thank professor Tadeusz Luty and Mayor Rafał Dutkiewicz, professor Jerzy Langer, Mayor Adam Grehl, Senator Jarosław Obremski, Tomasz Janoś, Tomasz Gondek, Zbigniew Rybczyński, Wiesław Błysz, Piotr Szymański, Kamila Kamińska, Bartłomiej Skowron, Jakub Jernajczyk, Jarosław Drapała—for indulging me through hours of practical and not-so-practical discussions challenging, questioning and tempering my understanding of what makes the practical mind. I am grateful to Professor Roman Galar for his work in unveiling the mystifications of this very mind. I thank Jaana Puukka, Professor John Goddard, Ellen Hazelkorn, Patrick Dubarle and Małgorzata Kuczera for prompting the right names for...

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