Crítica, Revista Hispanoamericana de Filosofía, Volume 40, number 118, abril 2008
Wittgenstein, Geertz y la comprensión de metáforas
[Wittgenstein, Geertz and the Understanding of Metaphors]
Eduardo Fermandois
Instituto de Filosofía
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Abstract: This paper sets out to describe the structural features of metaphor comprehension through a comparison with the process of understanding other cultures construed along the lines proposed by Wittgenstein and Geertz. The phenomenon under analysis is the emphatic (not basic) understanding of strong (not conventional or dead) metaphors. The comparison between understanding metaphors and cultures serves to raise and answer three questions that have been neglected in the vast literature on metaphors: 1) In which sense do strong metaphors surprise us? 2) In which sense can a metaphor be profound? 3) In which sense do we speak of the richness of this linguistic phenomenon?
Keywords: translation, language games, context, thick description, metaphorical network

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