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Metaphor and Moral Experience

A. E. Denham

Abstract

This book examines the parallels between moral and metaphorical discourse, and the ways in which our engagement with literary art, and metaphorical discourse in particular, informs our moral beliefs. It suggests that there are three ways in which one's beliefs can be improved: if more of them are true, if more of them are warranted or justified, or if the warrant or justification for some of them is strengthened. So the book considers whether and how such improvements can be made to moral beliefs, and what role metaphor can play. It is an integral aim of the work to discern to what extent mora ... More

Keywords: moral discourse, metaphorical discourse, literary art, moral beliefs, metaphor, truth, falsehood, moral judgements

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198240105
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198240105.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

A. E. Denham, author
St Anne's College, Oxford