Metaphor, Blending, and Cultural Variation: A Reply to Camus

Metaphor, Blending, and Cultural Variation: A Reply to Camus Dao (2017) 16:431–435 DOI 10.1007/s11712-017-9565-7 Metaphor, Blending, and Cultural Variation: A Reply to Camus Edward Slingerland Published online: 19 July 2017 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2017 In a recent article in this journal, Rina Marie Camus (Camus 2017) frames her discussion of cross-cultural variations in the structure and meaning of the archery metaphor as a corrective to what is supposedly my own view of metaphor. Her portrayal of my view is inaccurate and out of date, and since such misconceptions about my work are not uncommon in the field I find myself moved to write a response. It is easiest to begin with an extended citation from the beginning of Camus’ article: One author who vigorously applies contemporary metaphor theories in the study of Chinese texts is Edward Slingerland. I share his concern over the lingering prevalence of the idea that imagistic conceptualizing is a unique feature of Chinese thought that sets it apart from the West (Slingerland 2011:1–4). How- ever, my analysis of the archery metaphor will vary significantly from Slingerland’streatment of terms such as the “Self” (ji 己; shen 身)in the Zhuangzi 莊子 or “effortless action” (wu-wei 無為) in Confucian and Daoist texts as conceptual metaphors (see Dao Springer Journals

Metaphor, Blending, and Cultural Variation: A Reply to Camus

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Philosophy; Non-Western Philosophy; Philosophy of Religion; Religious Studies, general; Ethics; Chinese
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