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Symbolic Worlds


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Acknowledgements; Part I. Symbol and Reference: 1. Introduction and background; 2. Denotation and mention-selection; Part II. Symbol and Ambiguity: 3. Ambiguity in language; 4. Ambiguity in pictures; Part III. Symbol and Metaphor: 5. Ten myths of metaphor; 6. Metaphor and context; 7. Mainsprings of metaphor with Catherine Z. Elgin; Part IV. Symbol, Play and Art: 8. Reference and play; 9. Art, science, religion; Part V. Symbol and Ritual: 10. Symbol and ritual; 11. Ritual change; Part VI. Symbol and Reality: 12. Science and the world; 13. Worlds and versions; 14. World-features and discourse-dependence; 15. Worries about worldmaking; Index.

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Israel Scheffler explores the various ways in which the mind functions symbolically.


'The scholarship throughout is impeccable, and the writing is clear, straightforward and attractive. ... Symbolic Worlds is an important work of philosophy - broad in scope, careful, detailed, and ingenious in its argumentation. Its contributions will be welcomed ...' Karen Hanson, Department of Philosophy, Indiana University, Bloomington

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