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“NEW RENAISSANCE”, “THE COGNITIVE TURN” AND CONSTRUCTS OF HUMAN MIND: HOW ART CREATES REALITY AND HOW ILLUSION GENERATES ART
Malneva E.Y.



         Ekaterina Yurievna Malneva is Candidate of Science (Philology), Associate Professor of the Department of English Philology and Cross-Cultural Communication at Far Eastern State University of Humanities.

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In the light of recent innovations in the domain of cognitive sciences and the dominance of anthropocentric cognitive paradigm per se which scrutinizes the most fundamental issues of Social studies and the Humanities, namely, the specific nature of mentality of Homo sapiens, the universal character of cognitive mechanisms and conceptual categories constituting the architectonics of human mind, ? it has become possible to reassess some of the most controversial issues which have been posing challenge to humanity for millennia. Current research in the field of cognitive psychology, cognitive linguistics and cognitive anthropology sheds new unconventional light upon the problem of the origin of art and first cultural specimens of humankind, while illuminating the role of subjective reality and altered states of consciousness – trance, illusion, and hallucination – in creating prehistoric masterpieces.

        Key words: anthropocentric paradigm, cognitive approach, cognitive linguistics, cognitive anthropology, -cognitive revolution-, cognition, Homo sapiens, cognitive construct, art, illusion, altered states of consciousness.


 
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