Metaphor and Phenomenology [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]

Sep 18, 2013 by

The term “contemporary phenomenology” refers to a wide area of 20th and 21st century philosophy in which the study of the structures of consciousness occupies center stage. Since the appearance of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason and subsequent developments in phenomenology and hermeneutics after Husserl, it has no longer been possible to view consciousness as a simple scientific object of study. It is, in fact, the precondition for any sort of meaningful experience, even the simple apprehension of objects in the world. While the basic features of phenomenological consciousness – intentionality, self-awareness, embodiment, and so forth—have been the focus of analysis, Continental philosophers such as Paul Ricoeur and Jacques Derrida go further in adding a linguistically creative dimension. They argue that metaphor and symbol act as the primary interpreters of reality, generating richer layers of perception, expression, and meaning in speculative thought. The interplay of metaphor and phenomenology introduces serious challenges and ambiguities within long-standing assumptions in the history of Western philosophy, largely with respect to the strict divide between the literal and figurative modes of reality based in the correspondence theory of truth. Since the end of the 20th century, the role of metaphor in the production of cognitive structures has been taken up and extended in new productive directions, including “naturalized phenomenology” and straightforward cognitive science, notably in the work of G. Lakoff and M. Johnson, M. Turner, D. Zahavi, and S. Gallagher.

via Metaphor and Phenomenology [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy].

  • plainlanguagescience

    A couple of points need clarification. First, it’s not so much that the Continental philosophers mentioned add a linguistic dimension to phenomenology, but metaphysical dimension, meaning that they are interested — in the spirit of Kantian critique — in the conditions of possibility of conscious experience (for Derrida language) rather than in conscious experience itself (as is the case with phenomenology). Secondly, cognitive science and phenomenology really stat from different premises — the first is basically objectivist-materialist account of consciousness, whereas the second limits itself to the only experience empirically available: the subjective experience.

  • hopy

    metaphor is a euphemism in literature or speech that is very much used, much as it takes to achieve the user’s attention without showing off too, it said suitable for the delicate issues, sensitive, …

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