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Arguments and Metaphors in Philosophy - Daniel Cohen

Arguments and Metaphors in Philosophy

Paperback Published: 28th February 2004
ISBN: 9780761826774
Number Of Pages: 248

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In this book, Daniel Cohen explores the connections between arguments and metaphors most pronounced in philosophy, because philosophical discourse is both thoroughly metaphorical and replete with argumentation. The metaphors we use for arguments, as well as the ways we use metaphors as arguments and in arguments, provides the basis for a tripartite theoretical framework for understanding and evaluating arguments. There are logical, rhetorical, and dialectical dimensions to arguments, each providing norms for conduct, vocabulary for evaluation, and criteria for success. In turn, the identified roles for arguments in general discourse can be applied to metaphors, helping to explain what they mean and how they work. Cohen covers the nature of arguments, their modes and structures, and the principles of their evaluation. He also addresses the nature of metaphors, their place in language and thought, and their connections to arguments, identifying and reconciling arguments' and metaphors' respective roles in philosophy.

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Daniel Cohen has written an engaging argument about the need for a new consideration of the place of metaphor in philosophy. This well-written...persuasive, erudite, and entertaining...book will be of interest not only to philosophers but to scholars in other disciplines...--Jean Dietz Moss, The Catholic University of America "Review of Metaphysics "

Prefacep. v
Introduction Philosophical Arguments and Philosophical Metaphorsp. 1
Arguing with Godp. 7
Arguments in Philosophy
Introduction: Arguments in Philosophyp. 23
To Philosophize is to Arguep. 25
Argument is War... and War is Hellp. 35
One Way to Lose an Argumentp. 51
Philosophical Arguments
Introduction: Thinking about Argumentsp. 65
Evaluating Arguments and making Meta-argumentsp. 67
Logical Fallacies, Dialectical Transgressions, Rhetorical Sins, and Other Failures of Rationality in Argumentationp. 81
Why Should I Argue?p. 97
Just and Unjust Wars--and Just and Unjust Argumentsp. 107
Metaphors in Philosophy
Introduction: Metaphors in Philosophyp. 117
On Metaphorsp. 119
Metaphors and the Discourse of Philosophyp. 129
The Tragedy of Philosophy's Metaphorsp. 141
Metaphors versus Arguments
Introduction: Metaphors versus Argumentsp. 153
Once Upon an Argumentp. 155
Chapter 12--Postscript: On Performance and Interpretationp. 173
The Logic of Rhetoric and the Rhetoric of Logicp. 181
Metaphors as Arguments and Arguments as Metaphorsp. 197
Words Without End, Amenp. 209
Bibliographyp. 225
Indexp. 235
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ISBN: 9780761826774
ISBN-10: 0761826777
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 28th February 2004
Publisher: UNIV PR OF AMER
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.32

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