An Irenic Idea about Metaphor

Philosophy 88 (1):5-32 (2013)
It is no surprise that 20th-century noncognitivism about metaphor began with the Logical Positivists. Prosecuting their verification theory of meaning, the Positivists disdained figurative language entirely. Although some metaphorical sentences are empirically verifiable or falsifiable on their literal readings, some are not so. Much more to the point, most metaphorical sentences on their metaphorical readings are not verifiable in the ordinary empirical way (“But thought’s the slave of life, and life’s time’s fool”<
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George Lakoff (1980). Metaphors We Live By. University of Chicago Press.

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