Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Thinking of Others: On the Talent for Metaphor” as Want to Read:
Thinking of Others: On the Talent for Metaphor
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Thinking of Others: On the Talent for Metaphor

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  22 ratings  ·  4 reviews
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 May 14th 2014 by Princeton University Press (first published September 15th 2008)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Thinking of Others, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Thinking of Others

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 67)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
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.
I liked this a l
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
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
Much academically said about practically little.
Namit marked it as to-read
Aug 03, 2015
Stedwards marked it as to-read
Jul 01, 2015
Chris is currently reading it
Jun 17, 2015
Becky marked it as to-read
May 06, 2015
James Quay
James Quay marked it as to-read
Mar 23, 2015
Kei Red
Kei Red marked it as to-read
Feb 19, 2015
Sean marked it as to-read
Aug 09, 2014
Leni marked it as to-read
Jul 24, 2014
Evan marked it as to-read
Jul 16, 2014
Wes Zickau
Wes Zickau marked it as to-read
Jun 17, 2014
Len marked it as to-read
Aug 19, 2014
K added it
Apr 18, 2014
Jason Weston
Jason Weston marked it as to-read
Mar 22, 2014
Jamie Richards
Jamie Richards marked it as to-read
Jan 26, 2014
Rebecca marked it as to-read
Jan 21, 2014
Kate marked it as to-read
Dec 22, 2013
Laila Castro
Laila Castro marked it as to-read
Dec 29, 2014
Cassandra marked it as to-read
Dec 16, 2013
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Jokes: Philosophical Thoughts on Joking Matters Pursuits of Reason: Essays in Honor of Stanley Cavel International Directory of Pageants Derision Points: Clown Prince Bush the W, the Real Story of His "Decision Points" Clown Prince Bush the W

Share This Book