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Title: The Facilitating Relationship between Metaphor and Rationality
Keywords: conceptual metaphor, rationality, Ba Zi, metonymy, homology, human cognition
Issue Date: 21-Jan-2009
Citation: TAY ZHIMING DENNIS (2009-01-21). The Facilitating Relationship between Metaphor and Rationality. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This thesis theorizes the relationship between conceptual metaphors (Lakoff 1993) and the idea of rationality. Based on suggestions that metaphorical reasoning strongly challenges b objectivistb accounts of rationality (Lakoff 1987, Indurkhya 2007), I claim that metaphors, though neither necessary nor sufficient, can be strategically employed in knowledge/belief systems to facilitate the fulfillment of a working set of rationality criteria. Initially observing that rationality is often conflated with scientificity (Harris 2005, Dawkins 2006), I advocate more schematic criteria which emphasize notions such as internal consistency instead (cf. Weber 1922, Elster 1983). I then analyze the Chinese divinatory system of BaZi and its facilitatory employment of b elementsb as source domain. Future research directions are provided, including a prototype-based approach (Rosch, 1973) to rationality, and investigating how rationality criteria are themselves metaphorical. Finally, implications of my research on issues like the reliability of rational knowledge and metaphor-metonymy interaction in relation to rationality are discussed.
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