2 thoughts on “LINGUISTICS: “Metaphorically Speaking” / Writer, James Geary / TED Talks

  1. The role of metaphor in philosophy has been especially well developed by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson, more recently in their “Philosophy in the Flesh”. They would argue that, like the presenter here, metaphors construct our realities. For example, if we think of the state as a ship being safely steered through a storm, it means we imagine an authoritative leader at the helm, not a democratically activist crew. They go on to argue that there is no final, ”objective truth.” Truth, they argue, ”is necessarily relative to our cultural conceptual systems.”

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