Metaphor and Continental Philosophy: From Kant to Derrida
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In this book I explore metaphor as a transformational process that is central to knowledge, and demonstrate how a philosophical analysis of metaphor can further inform our understanding of its role in knowledge. On this view, a statement is not a mere report on the world, and an image is not a mere representation of the world; rather, both statement and image are regarded as transformational relations between subject and reality, where the nature of the transformation is crucial for our understanding of subjectivity, objectivity and the position of the human in the world. Over the last few decades there has been a phenomenal growth of interest in metaphor as a device which extends or revises our perception of the world. In this book, I examine the relationship between metaphor, art and science against the backdrop of modern European philosophy and, in particular, the work of Kant, Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty. I contextualize recent theories of the cognitive potential of metaphor within modern European philosophy and explore the impact which the notion of cognitive metaphor has on key positions and concepts within aesthetics, epistemology and the philosophy of science. The contribution of this work to art and design research comes from its evaluation of how metaphor addresses some of the central questions of art theory and aesthetics. For example, aesthetic judgment is shown to be constitutive of the grounds of knowledge in relation to Kant, and the aesthetic is shown to be a region which can overcome some of the contradictions inherent in orthodox theories of knowledge.
Metaphor and Continental Philosophy: From Kant to Derrida, pp.224
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