London Aesthetics Forum

London Aesthetics Forum
21 February 2018, 4.00pm - 6.00pm
Room 246, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU


John Kulvicki (Dartmouth / Institut d’Études Avancées de Paris)

Metaphor in pictures

Are there pictorial metaphors, and if so how should we understand them? There is relatively little literature on metaphor in pictures, even though there is an extensive literature on metaphor. Josef Stern defends an interesting pair of theses. First, he is one of the few advocates of a semantic account of metaphor. Second, he insists that there are no distinctively pictorial metaphors. The negative claim is based on how he understands the ways in which pictures can be meaningful. I want to show how, if you have a different account of pictorial meaning, his account of metaphor applies in interesting ways to pictures. This is part of a larger project meant to bring topics in the philosophy of language into contact with issues related to pictorial representation.

The London Aesthetics Forum (LAF) is an ongoing speaker series in aesthetics and the philosophy of art. Founded in 2006, the goal of the LAF is to revive philosophical activity in aesthetics within London. The LAF is generously sponsored by the British Society of Aesthetics.Our events are free and open to all.


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