Title page for ETD etd-05122008-011046

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Wilson, Richard James
URN etd-05122008-011046
Title A Davidsonian Response to the Dead Metaphor Problem
Degree Master of Arts
Department Philosophy
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Epstein, Brian Committee Chair
Klagge, James C. Committee Member
Ott, Walter R. Committee Member
  • non-literal meaning
  • Black
  • Fogelin
  • Reimer
Date of Defense 2008-04-28
Availability unrestricted
In his article, “What Metaphors Mean,” Donald Davidson presented his own unique theory of metaphor. While this theory has proved to be influential, there seems to be one problem which a Davidsonian theory cannot account for: the dead metaphor problem. Due to certain aspects of Davidson’s theory of metaphor, critics argue that it is impossible for Davidson to explain how dead metaphors form. In this thesis, I will show why Davidson’s account should be chosen over other prominent theories of metaphor, and how a Davidsonian might be able to bypass the dead metaphor problem.
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