Philosophy and experience. How the abstract concepts are created

5/03/2021, 16:00 (GMT+1, Warsaw), Zoom, click here to join the meeting

This Friday at out HILL seminar we will be hosting a special guest, the Chair of South Asia Studies, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw, Prof. dr hab. Joanna Jurewicz

She will deliver a presentation and start a discussion on the subject
“Philosophy and experience. How the abstract concepts are created.”


During my presentation I would like to discuss two issues. Firstly, to what extent the abstract concepts are really abstract. Secondly, how models proposed by cognitive linguistics (conceptual metonymy, metaphor and blending) are useful in reconstruction of the process of abstraction.

My presentation will be divided into two parts. During the first part I will briefly present the above-mentioned models. During the second part I will discuss the process of creation of abstract philosophical concepts taking as the example selected fragments of the Rigveda (ca XIII B.C.E.), Presocratics, Descartes. Using the cognitive models, I will propose a more general schema of their creation.


  1. Gilles Fauconnier and Mark Turner. 1998. Conceptual Integration Networks. [PDF]
  2. Gunter Radden and Zoltan Kovences. 2007. Towards a Theory of Metonymy. [PDF]
  3. George Lakoff. 1992. The Contemporary Theory of Metaphor. [PDF]

The seminar will take place on Zoom: