Waking up Sleeping Metaphors: A Cognitive Approach to Parmenides’ Two Ways of Enquiry

Chiara Ferella

Veröffentlicht in: Volume 6
Jahr: 2017
Shortlink: edition-topoi.org/articles/details/1229
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Abstract

This paper discusses the notions of sleeping and waking metaphors, activation of metaphoricity and deliberate metaphor use in the poem of Parmenides of Elea. I analyse certain metaphors in Parmenides’ text, which I understand as linguistic realizations of the conceptual metaphor an argument defines a path. I show that these are sleeping metaphors, and that Parmenides woke them up at the outset of his philosophical discourse. By identifying rhetorical devices which indicate Parmenides’ deliberateness when activating sleeping metaphors, I show to what extent and to what goals deliberate metaphors are powerful tools in Parmenides’ philosophical discourse.

Autoren

Chiara Ferella

Chiara Ferella (PhD Pisa 2011) studied Classics at the Universities of L’Aquila, Cambridge, Pisa and Munich. She has published on pre-Socratics, the Derveni Papyrus and on metaphor use in early Greek philosophy. Since 2015 she is a post-doctoral Fellow at the Excellence Cluster Topoi in Berlin, within the Research Group C-2 Space and metaphor in cognition, language, and texts. At present, she is working on a research project exploring metaphor use in early Greek philosophical discourse.


Citation

Chiara Ferella, "Waking up Sleeping Metaphors: A Cognitive Approach to Parmenides’ Two Ways of Enquiry", in: eTopoi. Journal for Ancient Studies, Volume 6 (2017), 107–130
BibTeX
@book{
  author = {Chiara Ferella}
  title = {Waking up Sleeping Metaphors: A Cognitive Approach to Parmenides’ Two Ways of Enquiry},
  publisher = {Berlin: Exzellenzcluster 264 Topoi},
  year = {2017}
}