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Egenis Seminar with Professor Mauricio Suárez, 'Metaphors, similarities and inferences'

Seminar   19.03.2012

Starts

19.03.2012

Ends

19.03.2012

Speakers

Professor Mauricio Suárez, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain and Institute of Philosophy, London University

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Egenis

Venue

Egenis
University of Exeter
Byrne House
St German's Road
EX4 4PJ

Room: GF7

Event details

Time: 3pm - 4.30pm

Abstract: I review and update Max Black's 'interactive' view of metaphor. On this view metaphor cannot be reduced to, or analyzed in terms of, similarity. A metaphor does not merely state a similarity; it rather brings into being a similarity that was not there before. The interactive view has cash value in literary theory, where it originates, but its application to science has often been questioned. I defend a version of the interactive view by providing an account of the role that metaphor plays in fostering inferences from representational sources to targets. The account draws on historical scholarship on 19th-century electrodynamics, and I point out some relevant links with Mary Hesse's celebrated work on models.

Further details

http://www.genomicsnetwork.ac.uk/egenis/events/pastevents/seminars/furtherdetails,25665,en.t4.html