Analogy and metaphor play an important role in thinking, not least in philosophy, although this has often been swept under the rug or kicked out of play. In this Hauptseminar we will both examine philosophical accounts of analogy and metaphor (for example, by Aristotle, Hesse, Davidson, Lakoff and Johnson) and explore their role in philosophy, both Western and non-Western.
The seminar will be conducted mainly in English, but contributions in German will also be music to our ears.
Useful pump-priming reading:
Allan, Sarah, 1997, The Way of Water and Sprouts of Virtue, State University of New York Press
Bartha, Paul, 2013, ‘Analogy and Analogical Reasoning’, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/reasoning-analogy/
Hills, David, 2016, ‘Metaphor’, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/metaphor/
Reimer, Marga and Elisabeth Camp, 2006, ‘Metaphor’, in Ernest Lepore and Barry C. Smith, (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language, Oxford University Press, pp. 845–63
Stebbing, Susan, 1939, Thinking to Some Purpose, Penguin, ch. 9