Chapter 27. At Play in the Fields of Metaphor

  1. Garry L. Hagberg Chair2 and
  2. Walter Jost Professor of English3
  1. Ted Cohen Professor of Philosophy

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444315592.ch27

A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature

A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature

How to Cite

Cohen, T. (2010) At Play in the Fields of Metaphor, in A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature (eds G. L. Hagberg and W. Jost), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444315592.ch27

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of East Anglia, UK

  2. 3

    University of Virginia, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Chicago, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 15 JAN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405141703

Online ISBN: 9781444315592

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Keywords:

  • at play in the fields of metaphor;
  • metaphor, an irregular use of language;
  • metaphors, similes, and “other”;
  • logic of denial - something powerful and penetrating about some metaphors, even insinuating;
  • metaphor-maker - exploiting freedom, venturing beyond standard rules of language;
  • literal uses of language - guided by rules;
  • Shakespeare's “Macbeth doth murder sleep”;
  • literal sense of a sentence - somehow generated by and grasped in terms of R, language's rules

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Logic of Freedom

  • The Logic of Denial

  • Conclusion