Why are some metaphors profound and others profoundly misleading? Why do we praise them in poetry and purge them from science (or least try to)? This paper explores the reading habits that condition how we understand metaphorical statements. Italo Calvino’s 1979 metafiction, If on a winter’s night a traveller will guide our exploration of the subtle ways truth and make-believe can coincide when we read the world like a book and experience a book like an honest-to-goodness world of its own.
|Title of host publication||Philosophical Reflection in Fictional Worlds|
|Editors||Garry L. Hagberg|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 2021|