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Philosophy Methodology

Wisdom & Metaphor

by (author) Jan Zwicky

Publisher
Brush Education
Initial publish date
Apr 2014
Category
Methodology, Language, Epistemology
  • Leather / fine binding

    ISBN
    9781894031813
    Publish Date
    Oct 2003
    List Price
    $69.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781554470549
    Publish Date
    May 2008
    List Price
    $41.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781894031783
    Publish Date
    Oct 2003
    List Price
    $31.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781550595659
    Publish Date
    Apr 2014
    List Price
    $54.95

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In the foreword to Wisdom & Metaphor, Jan Zwicky observes that “those who think metaphorically are enabled to think truly, because the shape of their thinking echoes the shape of the world.” Wisdom & Metaphor explores the ways we come to understand the world through analogical structures, and the relation of this form of knowing to conventional epistemology and ontology. Zwicky uses the nature of the book itself, with its facing pages, to create resonant structures of aphorism and quotation which allow the reader to experience the kind of thinking she describes. The author’s wide-ranging influences, coupled with an understated, largely spatial, style of discourse, make this a remarkably original approach to long-standing questions about meaning and language. It offers a unique and compelling argument for the fundamental importance of metaphor to philosophy.

About the author

Jan Zwicky is an accomplished poet, philosopher and musician whose intense and vivid lyricism imbues her poetry with music and passion. Born in Calgary, Alberta, Zwicky studied at the University of Calgary and the University of Toronto before undertaking an academic career teaching philosophy at a number of North American institutions. She is also a professional musician, with an active interest in baroque performance technique. Zwicky is a prolific essayist, as well as the author of a dozen books. Her works have won her the Governor General's Award (Songs For Relinquishing the Earth, 1998) and the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize (Robinson's Crossing, 2004) as well as many other accolades and shortlist nominations. Zwicky lives on Quadra Island, British Columbia.

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