Thinking of Others: On the Talent for Metaphor

Thinking of Others: On the Talent for Metaphor

by Ted Cohen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691137463

ISBN-13: 9780691137469

Pub. Date: 09/15/2008

Publisher: Princeton University Press

"In Thinking of Others, Ted Cohen argues that the ability to imagine oneself as another person is an indispensable human capacity - as essential to moral awareness as it is to literary appreciation - and that this talent for identification is the same as the talent for metaphor. To be able to see oneself as someone else, whether the someone else is a real person or a…  See more details below

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"In Thinking of Others, Ted Cohen argues that the ability to imagine oneself as another person is an indispensable human capacity - as essential to moral awareness as it is to literary appreciation - and that this talent for identification is the same as the talent for metaphor. To be able to see oneself as someone else, whether the someone else is a real person or a fictional character, is to exercise the ability to deal with metaphor and other figurative language. The underlying faculty, Cohen argues, is the same - simply the ability to think of one thing as another when it plainly is not." An original meditation on the necessity of imagination to moral and aesthetic life, Thinking of Others is an important contribution to philosophy and literary theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691137469
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/15/2008
Series:
Princeton Monographs in Philosophy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments....................ix
Chapter One The Talent for Metaphor....................1
Chapter Two Being a Good Sport....................13
Chapter Three From the Bible: Nathan and David....................19
Chapter Four Real Feelings, Unreal People....................29
Chapter Five More from the Bible: Abraham and God....................53
Chapter Six More Lessons from Sports....................57
Chapter Seven Oneself Seen by Others....................65
Chapter Eight Oneself as Oneself....................67
Chapter Nine Lessons from Art....................69
Chapter Ten The Possibility of Conversation, Moral and Otherwise....................79
Chapter Eleven Conclusion: In Praise of Metaphor....................85
Index....................87

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