Knowledge and Language

Volume III Metaphor and Knowledge

  • F. R. Ankersmit
  • J. J. A. Mooij

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. F. A. Ankersmit, J. J. A. Mooij
      Pages 1-17
  3. Metaphor and Truth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Arthur C. Danto
      Pages 21-35
    3. David E. Cooper
      Pages 37-47
    4. Mary B. Hesse
      Pages 49-66
    5. J. J. A. Mooij
      Pages 67-80
    6. Samuel R. Levin
      Pages 81-93
  4. The Uses of Metaphor

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Richard Wollheim
      Pages 113-125
    3. Jan Pen
      Pages 137-142
    4. Maria Luisa Barbera
      Pages 143-154
    5. Frank R. Ankersmit
      Pages 155-202
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 203-213

About this book


Metaphor lies at the heart of the contemporary debate in aesthetics, semantics and the philosophy of science. It is generally recognised now that metaphor is not an obfuscation of the truth (as so many philosophers since Plato have argued); on the contrary, it is essential that we consider metaphor if we strive for an optimal understanding of how truth is gained both in science and in our everyday dealings with reality. Hence, metaphor is not of interest only for the literary theorists, but for all those who wish to understand science and how to grasp the structure of our social world.
This volume presents eleven essays on the role of metaphor in philosophy, poetry, semiotics, art, literary criticism, economics, medical science and in political theory. Through the use of metaphor, the contributors provide a unique and exciting picture of these disciplines.


Plato aesthetics philosophy of science science semantic semantics

Editors and affiliations

  • F. R. Ankersmit
    • 1
  • J. J. A. Mooij
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of GroningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of General and Comparative LiteratureUniversity of GroningenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-4814-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-1844-6
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