Seeing the Dao: conceptual metaphors and the philosophy of religion

Harrison, V. S. (2015) Seeing the Dao: conceptual metaphors and the philosophy of religion. Religious Studies, 51(3), pp. 307-322. (doi:10.1017/S0034412515000244)

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Abstract

This article suggests that different philosophical traditions have developed and matured around particular conceptual metaphors. It proposes that conceptual metaphor theory provides a useful tool with which to think about different world philosophical traditions, as it can reveal the deep structure of networks of ideas. Conceptual metaphors are not just linguistic devices; rather they organize whole networks of thought, experience, and activity. This idea is explored and special attention paid to the role of those conceptual metaphors that structure ways of thinking about knowledge within Western, Indian, and East Asian traditions. The article concludes with some reflections on the implications of this approach for inter-cultural philosophy of religion.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Harrison, Dr Victoria
Authors: Harrison, V. S.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Religious Studies
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:0034-4125

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