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Dissertation Information

Title: The Rationality of Metaphor: An analysis based on the philosophy of language and communication theory (Die Rationalität der Metapher. Eine sprachphilosophische und kommunikationstheoretische Untersuchung) Add Dissertation
Author: Bernhard Debatin Update Dissertation
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Institution: Technische Universität Berlin, Department of Philosophy
Completed in: 1994
Linguistic Subfield(s): Pragmatics;
Director(s): Hans Poser
Christoph Hubig

Abstract: In my thesis I propose an outline of a synthetic theory of metaphor, based on a critical analysis of philosophic-semantic, historical-hermeneutic, and communication-theoretical metaphor theories. My main thesis is that the rationality of metaphor consists in its general function as rational anticipation. I examine the rationality of metaphor in three fields: in the cognitive field with respect to its modeling and creative functions, in the normative field with respect to its functions of orientation and of constituting experience; and in the communicative area with respect to its functions of evocation and understanding (Verständigung in Habermas' sense). Finally, I develop specific criteria for evaluating the rationality of metaphor, arguing that its necessary condition is a combination of the reflective function of metaphor with its anticipatory structure. (Published as: Die Rationalität der Metapher. Eine sprachphilosophische und kommunikationstheoretische Untersuchung. Berlin, De Gruyter: 1995, 381 p.)