Figuratively Speaking: Revised Edition

Paperback | February 28, 2011

byRobert J. Fogelin

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In this updated edition of his brief, engaging book, Robert J. Fogelin examines figures of speech that concern meaning - irony, hyperbole, understatement, similes, metaphors, and others - to show how they work and to explain their attraction. Building on the ideas of Grice and Tversky, Fogelincontends that figurative language derives its power from its insistence that the reader participate in the text, looking beyond the literal meaning of the figurative language to the meanings that are implied. With examples ranging from Shakespeare, John Donne, and Jane Austen to e.e. cummings,Bessie Smith, and Monty Python, Fogelin demonstrates that the intellectual and aesthetic force of figurative language is derived from the opportunity it provides for unlimited elaboration. Fogelin presents a modern restatement of the view, first put forward by Aristotle, that metaphors are to be treated as elliptical similes. He then offers a detailed defense of this "comparativist" view of metaphors in response to criticisms that have been brought against it by a series of eminentphilosophers. This new edition is updated to reflect more recent work on the topic and will interest philosophers, linguists, and literary theorists.

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In this updated edition of his brief, engaging book, Robert J. Fogelin examines figures of speech that concern meaning - irony, hyperbole, understatement, similes, metaphors, and others - to show how they work and to explain their attraction. Building on the ideas of Grice and Tversky, Fogelincontends that figurative language derives i...

Robert J. Fogelin is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Dartmouth College. He is the author of Hume's Skeptical Crisis.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:February 28, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199739994

ISBN - 13:9780199739998

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Table of Contents

Preface to the First EditionPreface to the Revised Edition1. Introduction2. Figurative Predications3. Figurative Comparisons: The Traditional View4. The Standard Criticisms of Comparativism5. A Dilemma for Theories of Metaphor6. A Theory of Figurative Comparisons7. Clarifications and ElaborationsA Concluding NoteWorks CitedIndex