Rorty, Davidson, and Metaphor

dc.contributor.authorMulberry, Greig R.en
dc.contributor.committeechairChristman, John P.en
dc.contributor.committeememberHardcastle, Gary L.en
dc.contributor.committeememberPitt, Joseph C.en
dc.contributor.departmentPhilosophyen
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-06T14:48:18Zen
dc.date.adate1997-09-05en
dc.date.available2011-08-06T14:48:18Zen
dc.date.issued2004-03-24en
dc.date.rdate1998-09-05en
dc.date.sdate1997-08-01en
dc.description.abstractIn his essay "What Metaphors Mean," Donald Davidson gave a striking view of metaphor, claiming that metaphorical utterances have no meaning beyond the literal meanings of the words contained in them. Richard Rorty claims that this view of metaphor can be used to argue that cultural, moral, and scientific change (all products of metaphor) are contingent. I will argue that Davidson's view of metaphor is not consistent with Davidson's overall principles of theory construction, and, hence, is not consistent with his theory of linguistic meaning. Furthermore, I will argue that Rorty himself has significantly misinterpreted Davidson's theory of metaphor.en
dc.description.degreeMaster of Artsen
dc.format.mediumETDen
dc.identifier.otheretd-8597-111048en
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-8597-111048en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/9775en
dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.relation.haspartetd7.pdfen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subjectMetaphoren
dc.subjectMeaningen
dc.subjectDavidsonen
dc.subjectRortyen
dc.titleRorty, Davidson, and Metaphoren
dc.typeThesisen
thesis.degree.disciplinePhilosophyen
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
thesis.degree.levelmastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen
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