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Title:'Equivocity' and Metaphorical Meaning
Author(s):Grath, Pamela Jean
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Arthur A. Melnick
Department / Program:Philosophy
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Language, General
Abstract:This inquiry into questions of linguistic meaning begins by surveying general problems clustered around the phenomenon known as metaphor. Theories of metaphor are classified as Authoritarian, Anarchist or Middle Ground theories, and these theoretical groupings are examined in terms of their characteristic features and basic motivations. Special attention is given to Donald Davidson and Friedrich Nietzsche. It is argued that these two philosophers, despite their positions on polar opposites of a theoretical continuum, have much in common and that their views share common problems that infect the entire continuum. Finally, an alternative to the Authoritarian-Anarchist continuum is proposed, and an argument made (1) against an absolute distinction between literal and figurative meaning and (2) for the recognition of private meanings, including poetic metaphor, against the background of a shared common language.
Issue Date:1999
Description:149 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9944868
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:1999

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