3. Types of metaphors and identificational slips in economic discourse

Elias L. Khalil

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The employment of metaphors, originating from either inter- or intra-discipline borrowing, can be fruitful if one specifies correctly the type of resemblance which the metaphor is intended to reveal. After a discussion of the role of metaphors, the chapter identifies four types: the nominal, heterologous, homologous, and unificational. An 'identificational slip' is committed when the employed metaphor is intended to reveal one type of resemblance which evidence does not support.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-105
Number of pages23
JournalResearch in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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