Politics, Language and Metaphor (Routledge Innovations in by Terrell Carver, Jernej Pikalo

By Terrell Carver, Jernej Pikalo

Until a century in the past, a metaphor was once only a mere determine of speech, yet because the improvement of discourse research a metaphor has turn into greater than purely incidental to the content material of the arguments or findings. scholars and students in political reports recognize the significance of metaphors in electoral and policy-related politics, discovering metaphors which are, knowingly or unknowingly, influencing our conception of politics.

This ebook is the 1st to increase new methodological ways to appreciate and examine using metaphor in political technological know-how and diplomacy. It does this by:

  • Combining thought with case reviews so one can strengthen great paintings in politics and diplomacy that makes a speciality of metaphor
  • Expands the diversity of empirical case reports that hire this type descriptively and in addition in explanatory logic
  • Advances learn that investigates the function of metaphor in empirical and discourse-based methodologies, hence development on effects from different disciplines, significantly linguistics and hermeneutic philosophy.

This cutting edge research could be of curiosity to scholars and researchers of politics, diplomacy and communique studies.

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As Lady Warnock put it in a 1994 debate: We can stop our descent down the slippery slope at any point when we wish to do so and the way of stopping ourselves descending into Slippery slopes in political discourse 33 unknown horrors is by legislation. [. ] My belief is that if we have a statutory body licensing research and if the statutory body is backed up by a clear moral view of the pre-embryo, then we need not fear that we shall descend the slope (quoted in Mulkay 1997: 149) Creating a new category such as the pre-embryo and introducing distinctions such as research versus treatment are examples of the slippery slope argument being countered without challenging its normative content (that the danger case is indeed dangerous), but by making it irrelevant in the particular instant case.

New York: Columbia University Press. Ricoeur, P. (1988) Time and Narrative, vol. III. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. Ricoeur, P. (1991) ‘Imagination in Discourse and in Action’, in From Text to Action: Essays in Hermeneutics, vol. II. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press. Ricoeur, P. (1997) The Rule of Metaphor: Multi-Disciplinary Studies of the Creation of Meaning in Language. London and Henley: Routledge & Kegan Paul. A. (1957) ‘Newtonianism and the Constitution’, Midwest Journal of Political Science 1 (3/4): 252–66.

When those in favour of stricter porn laws were confronted with liberal arguments for freedom of speech, these arguments were disregarded as irrelevant. Demands for the criminalisation of indecent images and porn were to a great extent based on an expected slide towards ‘harder stuff’, involving imagery of violence, animals, children, dead bodies, or sexual harassment/assault, phenomena generally considered to be beyond freedom of speech issues. A more historically curious example of slippery slope reasoning: in sexuality debates from the mid-1950s and early 1960s, it was warned that to Slippery slopes in political discourse 31 decriminalise male homosexuality, living as concubines, and refusal to marry a woman one had made pregnant under promise of marriage (there was indeed a clause on this in the Criminal Code), could lead to a ‘moral backslide’.

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