Metaphor and philosophy: an encounter with Derrida

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Morris, Michael;
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Subject: B | BH | BD095

This paper presents a critical analysis of the central argument of Derrida's paper 'White Mythology'. The crucial claims are that the concept of metaphor presupposes philosophy, that philosophy presupposes the concept of metaphor, and that philosophy cannot accommodate ... View more
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    12 G. Benningtonappearsto denythisin G. Benningtonand J.Derrida, JacquesDerrida,trans.G. Bennington(Chicago: Universityof Chicago Press,1993),p. 129: butthisdenialdoes notfollowfromthepremisewhich is offeredforit,thatthewordsand conceptsinvolvedarenotarbitraryb,ut havea history.

    13 'WhiteMythology',p. 247.

    14 Ibid., 248. The referenceto Aristotleis toMetaphysics1,005b35ff.

    1 M. Heidegger, Basic Writings,D. Krell (ed.), (New York: Harper Collins, 1977), pp. 236-7.

    16 L. Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, trans. C. K. Ogden (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1922), ?4011.

    23 Forthisview,see,e.g.,M. Black,'More aboutMetaphor',inA. Ortony, (ed.), Metaphorand Thought(2nd edn,CambridgeUniversityPress,1993), pp. 19-41, at p. 25; Davidson, 'What Metaphors Mean', p. 252; N. Goodman,LanguagesofArt(Brighton:HarvesterPress,1981),p. 71.

    24 See, e.g.,M. Bergmann,'MetaphoricalAssertions',ThePhilosophical Review91 (1982), pp. 229-45, at p. 232. 27 See e.g., 'White Mythology', pp. 224 and 228-9.

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