Faversham Stoa is a philosophy discussion group meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 7.30 to 9.30pm in the The Bull in Tanners Street. We cover a large range of topics. If you have an idea for a topic that you would like us to cover why not drop us a line? There's no charge for membership and everyone is welcome to drop in. Just bring your brain and some beer money!

Metaphor

Metaphor cartoon

What is a metaphor and how does 'it' work?

How pervasive is it culturally and how does its use differ from culture to culture? Is it primarily a literary device—an embellishment or decorative feature of the language—or is it something more fundamental than that?

Is it the preserve of the arts particularly poetry and literature or is the use of metaphor to be found in science and even mathematics.

And to what extent does metaphor become politically and socially potent to the extent that 'it' acts as a prism through which the world is experienced

Some literal reading for you