Searle on metaphor



Year of publication 2012
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Organon F
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Web pdf
Field Philosophy and religion
Keywords metaphor; Searle; Davidson; literal meaning; metaphorical meaning
Description The main aim of this paper is to survey and evaluate Searle's account of metaphor (1979) in the light of Davidson's arguments against the idea of metaphorical meaning, which appeared at roughly the same time. Since this paper is intended for a festschrift celebrating Searle's respectable anniversary, I will mostly refrain from critical remarks and rather focus on the positive aspects of his account. I am going to show that Searle's theory of metaphor is for the most part immune to Davidson's arguments.

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