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Truth, Fiction, and LiteratureA Philosophical Perspective$
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Peter Lamarque and Stein Haugom Olsen

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198236818

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236818.001.0001

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Metaphorical Truth

Metaphorical Truth

14 Metaphorical Truth
Truth, Fiction, and Literature

Peter Lamarque

Stein Haugom Olsen

Oxford University Press

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

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