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MetaphorIts Cognitive Force and Linguistic Structure$
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Eva Feder Kittay

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198242468

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198242468.001.0001

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The study of metaphor has long been with us, and throughout its history, it has had a stormy, tenuous, but tenacious affair with philosophy. Philosophy has, by turns, rejected and embraced metaphor, its suppliant. Commonly, only those philosophers associated with the Romantic tradition paid much heed to its importance although it is experiencing a revitalised interest within philosophy these days. Therefore, this closer relation brings about a new focus to the study of metaphor such as recognition of its cognitive contribution and not just its affective and rhetorical efficacy. If metaphor is to be prized, it must do work, and the work that most interests philosophers is that which is cognitively meaningful. By illuminating the creative contribution of mind and knowledge to language, the study of metaphor will force revisions of people’s basic views of language and thought.

Keywords:   metaphor, philosophy, mind, cognitive effects, language, thought

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