Psychology As Metaphor

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Overview

The view that the study of rhetoric and metaphor is crucial to understanding psychological discourse is explored in this lucidly argued book. The author scrutinizes a wide range of traditional psychological theory including neuropsychology and memory, childhood development, the IQ debate, accounts of emotion and descriptions of the mind to show how rhetorical strategies and the deployment of metaphor are central to the work of creating a convincing theoretical account.

The book explores the distinction between philosophy and rhetoric and offers an interdisciplinary analysis of theories of metaphor and language while pointing to future directions for research. Its theoretical breadth is matched by its wide-ranging treatment

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803989580
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/1/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

A J Soyland is a Lecturer in Culture and Communication in Psychology at the University of Lancaster.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Metaphor, Rhetoric and Analysis
PART ONE: METAPHOR
Memory After Lashley
Metaphors as Promissory Notes
Comparing Concepts of Development
Metaphor and Presupposition
Accounting for Emotion
Metaphor as System
The Theory of Metaphor
The Extension of Discourse
PART TWO: RHETORIC
The Rhetoric of Validity in the IQ Debate
James and Freud on the Mind
Metaphor and Rhetoric as Enrolment
Describing Psychological Objects
Concluding Discussion

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