Phenomenology and cognitive linguistics in dialogue: a review of Ortega y Gasset's theory of emotive gesture as metaphor

Noé Expósito Ropero*, Augusto Soares da Silva

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Abstract

The present study pursues three objectives. First, to expose and discuss the contributions of the philosopher José Ortega y Gasset to the phenomenological study of gestures and emotive gesture. Secondly, to critically review one of the central theses defended by Ortega, according to which “every expressive phenomenon”—including, therefore, the emotive gesture—involves “a transposition, that is to say, an essential metaphor.” This thesis invites us, in the third objective, to establish a dialogue between phenomenology and cognitive linguistics (as developed by Lakoff, Langacker and Talmy), assuming an experientialist position vis-à-vis human reason and language, in opposition to the objectivist and formalist position of Chomsky's generative linguistics. In this interdisciplinary context, we will study the phenomenon of emotive gesture, in particular the expression of the emotion of anger, as analyzed phenomenologically by Ortega y Gasset.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
JournalSouthern Journal of Philosophy
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024

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