Metaphor and Meaning

reviewed by Edwin M. Mosley - 1966

coverTitle: Metaphor and Meaning
Author(s): Weller Embler
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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In a collection of essays that is at once clear and profound, economic in style and richly illustrative, Weller Embler has some telling things to say about metaphors and meanings and leaves a number of telling things unsaid while he knowingly provokes his readers into saying them for themselves. Two of his important points are, at initial glance, dichotomous: first, the contention that prevalent or recurrent metaphor, whether in everyday speech or in literature and art, is extensional in its origin and, then, the contention that it is intensional. "A whole philosophy of life is often implicit in the metaphors of creative writers, the philosophy of an entire generation, indeed, even of an entire civilization," Mr. Embler says in one way or another again and again. Still, his repetition of this primarily extensional point is never trite nor boringly familiar, for he accompanies the variations on this generalization with a... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 68 Number 2, 1966, p. 173-173 ID Number: 2218, Date Accessed: 9/26/2020 8:51:55 AM

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