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Metaphor and Continental Philosophy
From Kant to Derrida

ISBN 9780415872133
Published April 29, 2009 by Routledge
232 Pages

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Book Description

Over the last few decades there has been a phenomenal growth of interest in metaphor as a device which extends or revises our perception of the world. Clive Cazeaux examines the relationship between metaphor, art and science, against the backdrop of modern European philosophy and, in particular, the work of Kant, Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty. He contextualizes recent theories of the cognitive potential of metaphor within modern European philosophy and explores the impact which the notion of cognitive metaphor has on key positions and concepts within aesthetics, epistemology and the philosophy of science.

Table of Contents



  1. Kant and Heidegger on the creation of objectivity

2. The power of judgment: metaphor in the structure of Kant’s third Critique

3. Sensation, categorization and embodiment: Locke, Merleau-Ponty, and Lakoff and Johnson.

4. Heidegger and the senses

5. Conflicting perspectives: epistemology and ontology in Nietzsche’s will to power

6. Cutting nature at the joints: metaphor and epistemology in the science wars

7. Opening and belonging: between subject and object in Heidegger and Bachelard

8. Metaphor and metaphysics in Heidegger, Ricoeur and Derrida




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Clive Cazeaux is Reader in Aesthetics at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. He is the editor of The Continental Aesthetics Reader (Routledge, 2000), and the author of articles on metaphor, phenomenological aesthetics, and the relation between art and knowledge.