Metaphors and Paradigms of the Language Animal—or—The Advantage of seeing “Time Is a Resource” as a Paradigm

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One of the features of an encompassing account of language that Charles Taylor examines in Chapter Five, The Figuring Dimension of Language, of The Language Animal is a special kind of metaphor, which is rooted in the embodiment of humans. Their perspective-taking, their intuition of position in space, etc., provide 'structural templates' for thinking and leave their traces in their expressions. Taylor compares these metaphors with paradigms. My paper discusses the differences between the two. Taylor's example 'Time Is a Resource' is understood more deeply if seen as a paradigm, i.e., a set of beliefs and practices, instead of as a 'structural template,' i.e., rooted in embodiment.

Translated title of the contributionMetaphern und Paradigmen des Sprachbegabten Tieres – oder – Vom Vorteil "Zeit ist eine Ressource" als Paradigma zu sehen
Original languageEnglish
JournalDialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)693-704
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 01.12.2017

    Research areas

  • Philosophy - embodiment, metaphor, structural template, figuring elements of language, paradigm, time, Charles Taylor