A. E. Denham

in Metaphor and Moral Experience

Published in print July 2000 | ISBN: 9780198240105
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680076 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Philosophical Monographs


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This book explores questions regarding the metaphysics of morals and moral epistemology, as well as questions in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of language. In particular, it addresses the theory of metaphor. Art and morality are related in more than one dimension, but this book considers only one of these dimensions: the way in which works of art inform one's moral beliefs. The discussion is confined further to literary art alone, and that only, or almost only, in connection with one common feature of literary art, namely, the use of metaphor. The book examines in what way may one's engagement with literary art, and more particularly metaphorical discourse, informs his/her moral beliefs. The answer to that question can be extended to other features of literary discourse and indeed to other art forms.

Keywords: metaphor; metaphysics; philosophy; mind; language; art; moral beliefs; morality

Chapter.  1542 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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