Epistemological Metaphors and the Nature of Philosophy

Metaphilosophy 35 (4):504-516 (2004)
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Paul Thagard
University of Waterloo
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This paper examines some of the most important metaphors and analogies that epistemologists have used to discuss the structure and validity of knowledge. After reviewing foundational, coherentist, and other metaphors for knowledge, we discuss the metaphilosophical significance of the prevalence of such metaphors. We argue that they support a view of philosophy as akin to science rather than poetry or rhetoric. Keywords: epistemology, metaphor, analogy, metaphilosophy, foundations, coherence
Keywords epistemology   metaphor   analogy   metaphilosophy   foundations   coherence
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9973.2004.00333.x
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