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Liz Camp, “Why Metaphors Make Good Insults” @ Brooklyn Public Philosophers

Jan 26, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

| Free

Brooklyn Public Philosophers is back for the new year! We have a great list of speakers lined up for the coming months – including Geoff Holtzman, Serene Khader, Frank Kirkland, and Bruce Matthews – who will be exploring everything from free will to race to the philosophical consequences of living in the anthropocene.

Kicking it all off will be Liz Camp (Rutgers University), who will be speaking on Monday 1/26 at 7:00 P.M. about why metaphors make good insults. Here are the details, in Dr. Camp’s own words:

“Why Metaphors Make Good Insults”

Metaphors are powerful communicative tools because they ‘frame’ their subjects in certain ways. These effects are especially palpable when the metaphor is an insult that denigrates the hearer or someone she cares about. In such cases, comprehending the metaphor can produce a kind of complicity, one that cannot be undone just by denying the speaker’s claim. Where some theorists take this to show that metaphors accomplish something different in kind from ordinary talk, I argue that metaphorical insults are so rhetorically powerful because they combine three distinct features, each of which is independently common in communication. This result is not just theoretically interesting; it also helps to suggest more effective techniques for hearers to fight back.

As usual, we meet at the central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library in the Info Commons Lab.

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Jan 26, 2015
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Brooklyn Public Philosophers


Brooklyn Public Library, Info Commons Lab
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States