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  1. On the Shore of Nothingness: A Study in Cognitive Poetics.Reuven Tsur - 2003 - Imprint Academic.
    This book studies how poetic structure transforms verbal imitations of religious experience into concepts. The book investigates how such a conceptual language can convey such non-conceptual experiences as meditation, ecstasy or mystic insights. Briefly, it explores how the poet, by using words, can express the ‘ineffable’. It submits to close reading English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Armenian and Hebrew texts, from the Bible, through medieval, renaissance, metaphysical, and baroque poetry, to romantic and symbolistic poetry.
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    ‘Composition of Place’, Experiential Set, and the Meditative Poem.Reuven Tsur & Motti Benari - 2001 - Pragmatics and Cognition 9 (2):203-237.
    Meditative poetry has the ability to reproduce aspects of the meditative experience. In this paper we explore this ability, trying to clarify the phenomenon by pointing out the cognitive processes involved. We focus on Christian Jesuit meditation and pinpoint one of its most effective elements: “the composition of place”. We argue that three main abilities associated with “the composition of place” are responsible for the meditative quality detected in poetic meditative texts: The text’s ability to evoke an orientation process; the (...)
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    Levels of Information Processing in Reading Poetry.Reuven Tsur - 1979 - Critical Inquiry 5 (4):751-759.
    I have based my psychological hypotheses on studies in perception and in personality. Research in these two areas began independently, but by the late forties the supposedly unconnected processes came to be seen as different aspects of one process. For instance, a low tolerance for perceptual ambiguity and cognitive dissonance was found to be significantly correlated with lack of emotional responsiveness, dogmatism, and authoritarianism; conversely, a high tolerance for perceptual ambiguity and cognitive dissonance was found to be significantly correlated with (...)
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    The Neurological Fallacy.Reuven Tsur - 2012 - Pragmatics and Cognition 20 (3):429-446.
    This non-article explores the limitations of applying brain science in “higher” disciplines. Many brain scientists believe that it is only a matter of time that everything human will be accounted for by the findings of brain science. Michael Polányi in the nineteen-sixties and recently Michael Gazzaniga argued against such determinism. They say that while “lower-level” processes constrain “higher-level” ones, they cannot determine them. The human mind is an emergent process, and it cannot be predicted from brain structure anymore than traffic (...)
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    ‘Composition of Place’, Experiential Set, and the Meditative Poem.Reuven Tsur & Motti Benari - 2001 - Pragmatics and Cognition 9 (2):203-238.
    Meditative poetry has the ability to reproduce aspects of the meditative experience. In this paper we explore this ability, trying to clarify the phenomenon by pointing out the cognitive processes involved. We focus on Christian Jesuit meditation and pinpoint one of its most effective elements: ¿the composition of place¿. We argue that three main abilities associated with ¿the composition of place¿ are responsible for the meditative quality detected in poetic meditative texts: The text¿s ability to evoke an orientation process; the (...)
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    Deixis in Literature What Isn't Cognitive Poetics? [REVIEW]Reuven Tsur - 2008 - Pragmatics and Cognition 16 (1):119-150.
    This is a theoretical and methodological statement of what isn't and what is Cognitive poetics. It is focused on Peter Stockwell's discussion of deixis; but, I claim, much of what I have to say on Stockwell's work would apply to some degree to the work of many other critics. I argue that Stockwell translates traditional critical terms into a “cognitive“ language, but does not rely on cognitive processes to account for issues related to the texts discussed; and that he uses (...)
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    Some Mannerist Ingenuities in Mystic Poetry.Reuven Tsur - 2004 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 11 (5-6):5-6.
    One of the central assumptions of the present study is that mystic or religious poetry not just formulates mystic or religious ideas: it somehow converts theological ideas into religious experience, by verbal means. It somehow seems to reach the less rational layers of the mind by some drastic interference with the smooth functioning of the cognitive system, or by a quite smooth regression from ‘ordinary consciousness’ to some ‘altered state of consciousness’. In this way, the experience is affected not only (...)
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    Deixis in Literature: What Isn¿T Cognitive Poetics?Reuven Tsur - 2008 - Pragmatics and Cognition 16 (1):119-150.
    This is a theoretical and methodological statement of what isn't and what is Cognitive poetics. It is focused on Peter Stockwell's discussion of deixis; but, I claim, much of what I have to say on Stockwell's work would apply to some degree to the work of many other critics. I argue that Stockwell translates traditional critical terms into a "cognitive" language, but does not rely on cognitive processes to account for issues related to the texts discussed; and that he uses (...)
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    Deixis in Literature: Whatisn’Tcognitive Poetics?Reuven Tsur - 2008 - Pragmatics and Cognition 16 (1):119-150.
    This is a theoretical and methodological statement of whatisn’tand whatisCognitive poetics. It is focused on Peter Stockwell’s discussion of deixis; but, I claim, much of what I have to say on Stockwell’s work would apply to some degree to the work of many other critics. I argue that Stockwell translates traditional critical terms into a “cognitive” language, but does not rely on cognitive processes to account for issues related to the texts discussed; and that he uses these terms to label (...)
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    The Neurological Fallacy.Reuven Tsur - 2012 - Pragmatics and Cognition 20 (3):429-446.
    This non-article explores the limitations of applying brain science in “higher” disciplines. Many brain scientists believe that it is only a matter of time that everything human will be accounted for by the findings of brain science. Michael Polányi in the nineteen-sixties and recently Michael Gazzaniga argued against such determinism. They say that while “lower-level” processes constrain “higher-level” ones, they cannot determine them. The human mind is an emergent process, and it cannot be predicted from brain structure anymore than traffic (...)
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  11. Review Artici E.Nigel K. Turner, Albert N. Katz, Reuven Tsur, Kim Binsted, Helen Pain & Graeme Ritchie - 1997 - Pragmatics and Cognition 5:402.
     
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