Some Constraints on Embodied Analogical Understanding
Arguments over the cognitive status of analogy are strikingly similar to those that recur again and again in the endless debates about the reducibility of metaphor. This is not surprising, since, if we regard analogy as primarily a matter of underlying structural isomorphism or shared similarities, then metaphor can be seen as a type of analogical process in which we project structures from an experiential domain of one kind (the source-domain) onto a domain of another kind (the target domain). For the purposes of the kind of argument I am going to give, it is not necessary to make any sharp distinction between the analogical and the metaphorical, because I shall be focusing on something they both hold in common, namely, structural isomorphism between the source and target domains.
KeywordsTarget Domain Image Schema Propositional Content Abstract Domain Balance Schema
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