Deictic Metaphor

Charles P. Bigger

in Between Chora and the Good

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780823223503
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235117 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Deictic Metaphor

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This chapter examines the deictic metaphor of Plato. It explains that Plato's metaphor tends toward the transcendent and that deictic images seek out the factical uniqueness that condemns us to live in both truth and untruth, in openness and in concealment. The way to accommodating the individual is the way of love, however, in Plato's Symposium, it appears that what is valued or loved is the Good or Beauty, meaning the idea and not the persona. It explains that this situation usually occurs because philosophy geared to reason cannot accommodate incarnation.

Keywords: Plato; deictic metaphor; the individual; Symposium; deictic images

Chapter.  13194 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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