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Elisabeth Camp, University of Pennsylvania, Associate Professor of Philosophy, presents "Figurative Speech in Antagonistic Contexts"

Friday, November 11, 2011
5:00 AM
1171 AH Tanner Philosophy Library

Elizabeth Camp "Figurative Speech in Antagonistic Contexts"

Debates about ‘what is said’ have focused on fully cooperative interchanges: conversations where speakers’ and hearers’ interests are fully aligned. But often enough, speakers and hearers are interpretively antagonistic: they take themselves to be obliged to make only minimally relevant conversational contributions. Figurative speech behaves in especially interesting ways in such antagonistic contexts, with distinctive rhetorical advantages and liabilities. Recognizing the ways that speakers thread their way between literal, explicit truth and outright lies, and the range of responses available to hearers, requires a more nuanced account of saying, meaning, and asserting.