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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

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ISSN 1673-355X(Online)

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Front. Philos. China    2007, Vol. 2 Issue (3) : 437-453     DOI: 10.1007/s11466-007-0028-9
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The methodological signifi cance of scientific metaphor
GUO Guichun
Research Center for Philosophy of Science & Technology, Shanxi University, Taiyuan 030006, China;
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Abstract  The essential significance of scientific metaphor lies in applying the general metaphorical theory to specific interpretations and elaborations of scientific theories to form a methodology of scientific explanation. It is a contextual grasp of objective reality. A given metaphorical context and its grasp of the essence of reality can only be valid when the context is continually restructured. Taking the context as a whole, the methodological characteristic of scientific metaphor lies in the unity of understanding and choice, experience and concepts, semantic structures and metaphorical domains, rationality and irrationality. As a form of thinking based on reasons, scientific metaphor plays an important role in invention, representation, explanation, evaluation, and communication.
Issue Date: 05 September 2007
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http://academic.hep.com.cn/fpc/EN/10.1007/s11466-007-0028-9     OR     http://academic.hep.com.cn/fpc/EN/Y2007/V2/I3/437
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