Metaphor and philosophy: an encounter with Derrida

Morris, Michael (2000) Metaphor and philosophy: an encounter with Derrida. Philosophy, 75 (2). 225 - 244. ISSN 0031-8191

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Abstract

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 the concept of metaphor. I offer support for the first two claims, explaining the general kind of view of philosophy and of metaphor which they require, but I argue that even if we grant the first two claims, the concept of metaphor only presents a difficulty for a particular conception of philosophy, rather that philosophy as such.

Item Type: Article
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Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BD Speculative Philosophy > BD095 Metaphysics
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
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Depositing User: Michael Morris
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:18
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 19:49
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/15696

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