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The Method of Metaphor

Both sides in controversies tend to argue they have logic on their side. This book proposes that the interminable nature of these controversies suggests there is a problem with the main tool of logic, the syllogism. Drawing on contemporary developments in social theory and philosophy, Stanley Raffel argues that metaphors are not just aesthetic tools; they can also be used to judge phenomena. Featuring case studies drawn from both literary material and current controversial debates, The Method of Metaphor ultimately demonstrates the value of this neglected potential of metaphoric reasoning and shows its far-reaching implications in both moral behavior and moral education.

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Table of Contents

1 Metaphor in Dante
2 Metaphor in Fairy Tales
3 Sontag’s Critique of Metaphors
4 Abortion
5 Metaphors and the Issue of Incommensurability
6 Israel and Palestine
7 The Problem of Evil
8 Tragedy vs Comedy
9 Teaching
10 Oriented Action
11 Bad Metaphors

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