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Chapter 5 - Thinking through the Psyche

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 October 2023

Tania Zittoun
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Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland
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Thinking is an activity that has a trajectory. Through the previous chapters, five modalities of pleasure of thinking have been identified: (i) a core and fundamental curiosity; (ii) a semiotic activity of binding experience in more or less complex wholes, or functional pleasure; (iii) the occasional joy of finding a solution thanks to our background capacity to engage in relatively free semiotic explorations, that is, the pleasure of discovery; (iv) the dialogical pleasure of the shared activity of thinking; (v) the awareness of the activity and its pleasure, a meta-pleasure. These five aspects can be experienced in a more or less playful way and lived more or less bodily – in modulations that partly depend on the actual setting as well as on cultural norms and guidance. Chapter 5 proposes a model of the person to account for such trajectories of thinking. It first emphasises four principles we need to hold about mind based on our exploration; it then proposes an integrated model of mind; and it finally qualifies trajectories of thinking and their pleasures.

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Print publication year: 2023

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  • Thinking through the Psyche
  • Tania Zittoun, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  • Book: The Pleasure of Thinking
  • Online publication: 05 October 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009039802.006
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  • Thinking through the Psyche
  • Tania Zittoun, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  • Book: The Pleasure of Thinking
  • Online publication: 05 October 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009039802.006
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  • Thinking through the Psyche
  • Tania Zittoun, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  • Book: The Pleasure of Thinking
  • Online publication: 05 October 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009039802.006
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