Metaphorische Bedeutung als virtus dormitiva

Title in English Metaphorical Meaning as virtus dormitiva


Year of publication 2008
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Hieke, Alexander - Leitgeb, Hannes (eds.) Reduktion und Elimination in Philosophie und den Wissenschaften. Papers of the 31. International Wittgenstein Symposium
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Philosophy and religion
Keywords metaphorical meaning;secondary meaning;explanation
Description The concept of the metaphorical meaning should explain why we understand metaphors. Donald Davidson argued that such an concept is no explanation. In this paper I want to examine roots of his argument by Nietzsche and Wittgenstein. Wittgenstein's secondary meaning resembles the idea of the metaphorical meaning. On the basis of Wittgenstein's argumentation I shall propose a modification of the metaphorical meaning in order to escape Davidson's critique. The metaphorical meaning should express something general about the metaphor as such, not about this or that partikular metaphor.

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