A Dilemma for Theories of Metaphor

Robert J. Fogelin

in Figuratively Speaking

Second edition

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199739998
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895045 | DOI:
A Dilemma for Theories of Metaphor

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This brief chapter considers the following question: When a word is used metaphorically, is there a shift from literal meaning to metaphorical meaning? Black adopted such a meaning-shift, as did Goodman and Monroe Beardsley as well. This chapter sides with Davidson and Searle in rejecting a meaning-shift account of metaphors.

Keywords: meaning shift; Black; Goodman; Beardsley; Davidson; Searle

Chapter.  2240 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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