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Objects of Metaphor

Samuel Guttenplan


Objects of Metaphor offers a philosophical account of the phenomenon of metaphor which is radically different from others in the literature. Yet for all its difference, the underlying rationale of the account is genuinely ecumenical. If one adopts its perspective, one should be able to understand the substantial correctness of many other accounts, while at the same time seeing why they are not in the end completely correct. The origins of the account lie in an examination of the conception of predication. Unreflectively thought of as a task accomplished by words, it is argued that ... More

Keywords: W.V.O Quine, predication, semantic descent, simile, dead metaphor, synechdoche, metonymy, figurative, non-literal, trope

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Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199280896
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199280894.001.0001


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Samuel Guttenplan, author
Department of Philosophy, Birkbeck College, University of London
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