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Thinking of Others: On the Talent for Metaphor: On the Talent for Metaphor

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In "Thinking of Others," Ted Cohen argues that the ability to imagine oneself as another person is an indispensable human capacity--as essential to moral awareness as it is to literary appreciation--and that this talent for identification is the same as the talent for metaphor. To be able to see oneself as someone else, whether the someone else is a real person or a fictio ...more
ebook, 104 pages
Published January 14th 2009 by Princeton University Press (first published September 15th 2008)
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Anna
Feb 16, 2010 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. A very short, very interesting book that considers the importance of the human ability to create and understand metaphors, especially the ability of a person to identify with another person via metaphorical thinking. Some of the discussions about literature and the ability or inability of readers to identify with certain characters were of particular interest to me; these and discussions of moral imagination made me think a lot about Robert Coles' The Call of Stories.
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Eduardo
On page 3 Ted Cohen writes: “When I imagine myself to be King David, for instance, it is obviously relevant that both he and I are men, both heterosexually active, both tempted to injure others in pursuit of our own desires, and so on.”
‘heterosexually active’?
I find odd that among the many possible aspects that a University of Chicago philosopher might share with a semi-legendary Hebrew king from the eleventh century b. C., the former would choose this apparently inconsequential detail [Cohen re
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Nat
Feb 19, 2009 Nat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ted has managed to say illuminating (even entertaining) things about art and understanding while remaining completely uncorrupted by professional philosophy.

Full appreciation of this book might require an intimate understanding of what aesthetic and ethical reflection typically looks like when done by professional philosophers.

Note: Ted told me that he made a mistake in his discussion of the death of the famous bullfighter Manolete on p.47. Ted says he was gored to death in Madrid, but he was
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Tommy
Jun 04, 2010 Tommy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful and illuminating essay on how the ability to "think-as-another" is a type of metaphor and a discussion of the literary and philosophical consequences that follow from such an approach.
Frank Pray
Apr 29, 2012 Frank Pray rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Much academically said about practically little.
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