Clearing a Space

Samuel Guttenplan

in Objects of Metaphor

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780199280896
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602627 | DOI:
Clearing a Space

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This chapter has three aims: (i) to offer a comprehensive and transparent tripartite classification of philosophical accounts of metaphor; (ii) to consider three truths about metaphor which cannot be jointly accommodated by familiar accounts in this classification, for example, those of Black, Searle and Davidson; (iii) to carve out a space for a further account which fits the classificatory scheme but which does accommodate these features of metaphor. The truths concern: the aptness of metaphor for assertion and truth, the inappropriateness of paraphrase of metaphor, and what is called the transparency of the understanding of metaphor. There is a brief description of the view offered in subsequent chapters, suggesting that it fills a void left by other accounts.

Keywords: M. Black; J. Searle; D. Davidson; paraphrase; transparency; assertion; truth

Chapter.  17235 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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