Metaphorical Truth

Peter Lamarque and Stein Haugom Olsen

in Truth, Fiction, and Literature

Published in print October 1996 | ISBN: 9780198236818
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679377 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

Metaphorical Truth

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This chapter argues that it is no more a constitutive aim of metaphor to convey truth than it is of literature. But in certain contexts, and contingently, metaphorical utterances can yield truths — and be intended to do so — just as can fictive utterances and literary works. It shows that the kind of approach proposed for fictive utterance can be fruitfully applied also to figurative utterance, with similar implications for truth-assessment.

Keywords: metaphors; truth; figurative utterance; fictive utterance; fiction

Chapter.  11319 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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