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This study builds upon the ideas of Classical Pragmatists (Peirce, Dewey, James) and Neo-pragmatists (Popper, Quine, Davidson) to suggest that metaphors can best be understood in terms of what they are used to do. What metaphors do, according to Davidson, is redirect our notice so as to effect new understandings. Davidson’s account, thus understood, appears to contradict the conclusions of structuralist accounts in which metaphorical meanings are derived from the supposed cognitive contents of utterances

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Radical Interpretation of Metaphor in Rhetorical Discourse: A pragmatic account

University of Windsor

This study builds upon the ideas of Classical Pragmatists (Peirce, Dewey, James) and Neo-pragmatists (Popper, Quine, Davidson) to suggest that metaphors can best be understood in terms of what they are used to do. What metaphors do, according to Davidson, is redirect our notice so as to effect new understandings. Davidson’s account, thus understood, appears to contradict the conclusions of structuralist accounts in which metaphorical meanings are derived from the supposed cognitive contents of utterances