Journal of World Philosophies 2 (1):67-80 (2017)

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Malcolm Keating
Yale-NUS College
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In this paper, I examine Kumārila Bha ṭṭ a's account of figurative language in Tantravārttika 1.4.11-17, arguing that, for him, both metonymy and metaphor crucially involve verbal postulation, a knowledge-conducive cognitive process which draws connections between concepts without appeal to speaker intention, but through compositional and contextual elements. It is with the help of this cognitive process that we can come to have knowledge of what is meant by a sentence in context. In addition, the paper explores the relationship between metonymy and metaphor, the extent to which putatively literal language involves metonymy, and the objective constraints for metaphorical interpretation.
Keywords : Indian philosophy  Mīmāṃsā  epistemology  interpretation  metaphor  philosophy of language
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DOI 10.2979/jourworlphil.2.1.06
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