On the Alleged Pervasiveness of Metaphor



Year of publication 2011
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Second International Conference on Philosophy of Language and Linguistics
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Philosophy and religion
Keywords metaphor; pervasiveness; agrument of excluded opposites
Description There is a widespread opinion that metaphor pervades natural language. First, I shall provide two simple worries or arguments against this thesis – a historical one and a systematic one. Then I will proceed to give a precise formulation of the pervasiveness thesis in order to escape the criticism. Finally, I am going to indicate three approaches of how the pervasiveness thesis could be understood and reasonably maintained.

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