The Difficulty of Paraphrase

Allow me to redirect both of my readers who study philosophy to Mark Phelan’s new paper challenging the thesis that metaphors are particularly difficult to paraphrase and thereby undermining the case for non-cognitivism about metaphor. Mark is a friend of mine who is a grad student at UNC, and the paper is a good example of experimental philosophy.

Update: I just now see that Bryce has also posted some data at the experimental philosophy blog. While they’re very different people, Bryce is similar to Mark in all relational and biographical details from the previous paragraph.


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