Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Figurative Language / Edition 1

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Overview

Analytic philosophy was born from philosophic reflection on logic and mathematics. It has been at its strongest in these and related domains of reflection, domains that are friendly to definition and analytic clarity. From time to time, analytic philosophers, some very distinguished, have produced fine work on literature and the arts. But these areas remain underexplored in the analytic tradition. This volume is focused upon language that does not fit within the usual analytic paradigms. It's highlights include two pieces of original poetry on philosophic subjects (by philosophers who are also published poets), and philosophic reflection on poetry, literature more generally, metaphor, and related subjects.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631232179
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Series: Midwest Studies in Philosophy Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard K. Wettstein is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside. He has taught at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Minnesota, Morris, and has served as visiting Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Iowa and Stanford University. He has published articles on the philosophy of language and the philosophy of religion and is the author of Has Semantics Rested on a Mistake? And other Essays (1992). He is currently finishing a book on the philosophy of language.

Peter A. French is the Lincoln Chair in Ethics and the Director of the Lincoln Center for Aplied Ethics at Arizona State University. He was the Cole Chair In Ethics, Director of The Ethics Center, and Chair of the Department of Philosophy of the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and served as Exxon Distinguished Research Professor in the Center for the Study of Values at the University of Delaware. He is the author of seventeen books including Cowboy Metaphysics: Ethics and Death in Westerns; Corporate Ethics; Responsibility Matters; Corporations in the Moral Community; The Spectrum of Responsibility; Collective and Corporate Responsibility; Corrigible Corporations and Unruly Laws; Ethics in Government; and The Scope of Morality. His most recent book, The Virtues of Vengeance, was published in April 2001. He has published dozens of articles in the major philosophical and legal journals and review, many of which have been anthologized.

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Table of Contents

Poetry
"Moore's Paradox" 1
"The Freestone Wall and the Walled Garden" 2
Papers
Thought and Poetry 5
What Are Fictions For? 12
Hermeneutic Fictionalism 36
Go Figure: A Path through Fictionalism 72
Seeking a Centaur, Adoring Adonis: Intensional Transitives and Empty Terms 103
Meaning and Uselessness: How to Think about Derogatory Words 128
Davidson on Metaphor 142
Metaphor and What Is Said: A Defense of a Direct Expression View of Metaphor 156
Knowledge by Metaphor 187
An Expedition Abroad: Metaphor, Thought, and Reporting 227
Speaking Loosely: Sentence Nonliterality 249
Literal/Nonliteral 264
Midwest Studies in Philosophy 1976-2002 275
Contributors 276
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