Metaphor and the Dynamics of Knowledge

By Sabine Maasen, Peter Weingart

© 2004 – Routledge

196 pages

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About the Book

This book opens up a new route to the study of knowledge dynamics and the sociology of knowledge. The focus is on the role of metaphors as powerful catalysts, and the book dissects their role in the construction of theories of knowledge. It is of vital interest to social and cognitive scientists alike.

Table of Contents

Metaphors and the dynamics of knowledge: preliminary thoughts. 1. Analysing knowledge dynamics, in general, and the role of metaphors, in particular 2. Metaphors as targets and tools in the analysis of knowledge dynamics 3. 'Struggle for existence': selection, retention and extinction of a metaphor 4. Of paradigms, shifts, and changes - the Kuhnian metaphor 5. The order of meaning: the career of chaos as a metaphor 6. Metaphors and the dynamics of knowledge

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

This series explores core issues in political philosophy and social theory. Addressing theoretical subjects of both historical and contemporary relevance, the series has broad appeal across the social sciences. Contributions include new studies of major thinkers, key debates and critical concepts.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT006000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory
SOC000000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / General
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General