The Concept of Metaphor according to the philosophers C. S. Peirce and U. Eco – a tentative comparison
Keywords:Peirce, Eco, metaphor, similarity and cognition
According to both Peirce and Eco metaphor can play an important role in the generation of sense and new knowledge. When Peirce defined metaphor as a hypoicon he was a scholastic realist. Before his “epistemic break” in the nineties Eco, on the other hand, was a nominalist - even though Eco was highly inspired by Peirce's ideas of signifying construction as an unlimited sign- exchanging process. This fundamental epistemological difference necessarily gives some evident differences in the perception of metaphor. Some of these differences will be presented in the following article.
How to Cite
This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.