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Metaphor, Allegory, and the Classical TraditionAncient Thought and Modern Revisions$
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G. R. Boys-Stones

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199240050

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199240050.001.0001

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The Problem of Metaphor: Chinese Reflections

The Problem of Metaphor: Chinese Reflections

(p.101) 6 The Problem of Metaphor: Chinese Reflections
Metaphor, Allegory, and the Classical Tradition

G. E. R. Lloyd

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that the ‘literal’/‘metaphorical’ dichotomy is not integral to the nature of language, but is an analytical construct developed by Aristotle in promoting his own style of philosophical ‘precision’. Chinese lacks any truly comparable dichotomy, without thereby losing ability to find linguistic precision. ‘Semantic stretch’ is suggested as a preferable, non-dichotomous, alternative to ‘metaphor’.

Keywords:   metaphor, literal, metaphorical, Aristotle, zhengming, semantic stretch

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