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Is philosophy metaphorical?

 
 
Reconstructo
 
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Reply Tue 22 Dec, 2009 12:38 am
@Reconstructo,
You trip on a trope in every sentence. "Trope" is a trope. "Sentence" is a trope. You want literal meaning? Sure, but "literal" is also a trope, and so is "meaning." Philosophy is mostly dead metaphors. It's progress is often its moment of live metaphor..

A dead metaphor is one we no longer see. Until we look, think about it, examine etymology.
Reconstructo
 
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Reply Wed 23 Dec, 2009 04:46 pm
@Reconstructo,
To say that philosophy is metaphor is to add yet another metaphor to philosophy.
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Reconstructo
 
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Reply Thu 24 Dec, 2009 11:22 pm
@Reconstructo,
"Philosophy is not metaphorical." Wouldn't a statement like this be a negative metaphor? And also an instance of philosophy as metaphor?
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Reconstructo
 
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Reply Sun 27 Dec, 2009 01:08 am
@Reconstructo,
This is Rorty on metaphor. I found this essay convincing and important.

Objectivity, relativism, and truth - Google Books
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Reconstructo
 
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Reply Tue 23 Feb, 2010 03:20 am
@Reconstructo,
Yet another mask on the mask-spewing mask-chewing "not-there."
kennethamy
 
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Reply Tue 23 Feb, 2010 07:33 am
@Reconstructo,
Reconstructo;113460 wrote:
You trip on a trope in every sentence. "Trope" is a trope. "Sentence" is a trope. You want literal meaning? Sure, but "literal" is also a trope, and so is "meaning." Philosophy is mostly dead metaphors. It's progress is often its moment of live metaphor..

A dead metaphor is one we no longer see. Until we look, think about it, examine etymology.


Philosophy is metaphorical, yes! But only metaphorically speaking.
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Zetherin
 
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Reply Tue 23 Feb, 2010 08:45 am
@Reconstructo,
Reconstructo;131354 wrote:
Yet another mask on the mask-spewing mask-chewing "not-there."


You're still talking to yourself on here after two months? Laughing
What are you saying, by the way?
Reconstructo
 
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Reply Tue 23 Feb, 2010 07:40 pm
@Zetherin,
Zetherin;131373 wrote:
You're still talking to yourself on here after two months? Laughing
What are you saying, by the way?


I'm not ashamed to talk to myself. At any time another person could join this forum who gets it. By it, I mean this value of this particular theme. Lots of folks around here get it in a general sense of the phrase.

As far as answering your question goes, I am hardly the first person to note the importance of metaphor in philosophy. Rorty, Davidson, Hesse, Derrida, etc. Also Anatole France wrote brilliantly on the subject in the Garden of Epicurus.


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kennethamy;131367 wrote:
Philosophy is metaphorical, yes! But only metaphorically speaking.


Yes, and speaking is largely metaphorical.
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William
 
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Reply Tue 23 Feb, 2010 07:55 pm
@Reconstructo,
Speaking metaphorically is the way to go to reach the unknowing, if one has the right colors on the pallet.

William
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Reconstructo
 
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Reply Tue 23 Feb, 2010 11:02 pm
@Reconstructo,
"I want to be an eagle gliding, not some ape in a cage. "
That's what Umo said when they asked him why he liked philosophy so much.
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