Metaphor and Cognition

An Interactionist Approach

  • Bipin Indurkhya

Part of the Studies in Cognitive Systems book series (COGS, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Prologue

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      Pages 1-9
  3. The Problem

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
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  4. A Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
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      Pages 245-281
  5. The Implications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 283-283
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 411-457

About this book


Many metaphors go beyond pionting to the existing similarities between two objects -- they create the similarities. Such metaphors, which have been relegated to the back seat in most of the cognitive science research, are the focus of attention in this study, which addresses the creation of similarity within an elaborately laid out interactive framework of cognition. Starting from the constructivist views of Nelson Goodman and Jean Piaget, this framework resolves an apparent paradox in interactionism: how can reality not have a mind-independent ontology and structure, but still manage to constrain the possible worlds a cognitive agent can create in it?
A comprehensive theory of metaphor is proposed in this framework that explains how metaphors can create similarities, and why such metaphors are an invaluable asset to cognition. The framework is then applied to related issues of analogical reasoning, induction, and computational modeling of creative metaphors.


Action attention cognition cognitive science interaction ontology

Authors and affiliations

  • Bipin Indurkhya
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer Science DepartmentBoston UniversityBostonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4146-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-2252-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-0780
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