Harwood Fisher argues against neuroscientific and cognitive
scientific explanations of mental states, for they fail to account
for the gaps between actions in the brain, cognitive operations,
linguistic mapping, and an individual's account of experience.
Fisher probes a rich array of thought from the primitive and the
dream to the artistic figure of speech, and extending to the
scientific metaphor. He draws on first-person methodologies to
restore the conscious self to a primary function in the generation
of figurative thinking.
How does the individual originate and organize terms and ideas?
How can we differentiate between different types of thought and
account for their origins? Fisher depicts the self as mediator
between trope and logical form. Conversely, he explicates the
creation and articulation of the self through interplay between
logic and icon. Fisher explains how the "I" can step out of
scripted roles. The self is neither a discursive agent of
postmodern linguistics nor a socially determined entity. Rather, it
is a historically situated, dynamically constituted place at the
crossroads of conscious agency and unconscious actions and evolving
contextual logics and figures.