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Samuel Guttenplan

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199280896

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199280894.001.0001

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Clearing a Space

Clearing a Space

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Objects of Metaphor

Samuel Guttenplan (Contributor Webpage)

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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

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