Thinking of Others On the Talent for Metaphor

ISBN-10: 0691154465

ISBN-13: 9780691154466

Edition: 2012

Authors: Ted Cohen

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InThinking of Others, Ted Cohen argues that the ability to imagine oneself as another person is an indispensable human capacity--as essential to moral awareness as it is to literary appreciation--and that this talent for identification is the same as the talent for metaphor. To be able to see oneself as someone else, whether the someone else is a real person or a fictional character, is to exercise the ability to deal with metaphor and other figurative language. The underlying faculty, Cohen argues, is the same--simply the ability to think of one thing as another when it plainly is not.In an engaging style, Cohen explores this idea by examining various occasions for identifying with others, including reading fiction, enjoying sports, making moral arguments, estimating one's future self, and imagining how one appears to others. Using many literary examples, Cohen argues that we can engage with fictional characters just as intensely as we do with real people, and he looks at some of the ways literature itself takes up the question of interpersonal identification and understanding.An original meditation on the necessity of imagination to moral and aesthetic life,Thinking of Othersis an important contribution to philosophy and literary theory.
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 4/20/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 104
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

Ted Cohen (1939-2014) was a professor of philosophy at the University of Chicago from 1967 until his death. He was the auhor of�Jokes: Philosophical Thoughts on Joking Matters and Thinking of Others: On the Talent for Metaphor and co-editor of Essays in Kant's Aesthetics and Pursuits of Reason: Essays in Honor of Stanley Cavell.

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