By Denise Lewis Patrick
From the shorelines of Africa to the bowels of a transatlantic send to a vote casting sales space in Mississippi to the jungles of Vietnam, all human connection is an issue of souls.
In this stirring selection of brief tales, Denise Lewis Patrick considers the souls of black women and men throughout centuries and continents. In each one, she takes the degree in their dignity, describes their goals, and catalogs their fears.
Brutality, attractiveness, laughter, rage, and love all take their turns in each one tale, however the ultimate effect is of indomitable, luminous, and attached souls.
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Intentionality differs from a ‘motive,’ which is the reason and explanation of the action, and from a ‘desire,’ which is the awareness and experience stemming from the intent” (Freeman 1999b). ” The philosopher Merleau-Ponty’s formulation of “the intentional arc” (1962), which “projects around about us our past, our future, our human setting,” resulting in “maximum grip,” is also fully consistent with Aquinas’ concept of intentionality. Freeman believes that the intentional arc names the tight connection between the agent and the world, that as the agent acquires skills, those skills are “stored,” not as representations in the mind, but as dispositions to respond to the solicitations of situations in the world.
56). As I noted, some cognitive scientists assume that memory is representational, that memory consists of a codelike record that once corresponded to experience. If memory is representational, the activation of a memory would consist of a static process analogous to retrieving items from a storage bank. Edelman’s theory of recategorization evokes a very different concept. Memory retrieval is selective, depending on the context of the immediate experience. Memory does 38 Chapter 2 not capture a coded representation but is itself a construction.
Freud’s thinking was influenced, as he acknowledged (1915b, p. 171), by Kant, who taught that our knowledge of the external world is constrained by the structures of the human mind. That the external world “as it is” is essentially unknowable is a realization that has been ever increasingly confirmed by contemporary neurobiology (Solms 1997b). Although we cannot ever know the unconscious “as it is,” Freud viewed the unconscious as a potential source of meaning. This is a quotation from his paper “The unconscious” (Freud 1915b, p.
A Matter of Souls by Denise Lewis Patrick