TDVSP1 Special Lecture I - Metaphor and Science

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2017
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 10 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
doc. Dr. phil. Jakub Mácha, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Radim Brázda, Dr.
Department of Philosophy - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Philosophy - Faculty of Arts
Familiarity with English
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
At the end of this course the student will be able to understand the role of metaphors in science and in the history of science, especially the question of whether metaphors are used (only) to a better understanding of the role of scientific theories, or are necessary to discovery and formulation of basic laws and axioms. This issue becomes clearer contours in studying new metaphors in connection with changes of scientific theories (paradigm shift) and perspektivism. Based on the acquired knowledge the student will be able to explain whether there are specific scientific way to understand metaphors, as opposed to understanding metaphors in philosophy, in poetry and in everyday language. He will be able to interpret selected texts of J. Locke, J. Ortega y Gasset, M. Black, R. Boyd and T. Kuhn.
  • Renunciation of metaphors in modern times
  • Creative metaphors (Ortega y Gasset, Black)
  • Metaphors and scientific theories
    required literature
  • ORTEGA Y GASSET, José. Eseje o umení. Translated by Paulína Šišmišová. Bratislava: Archa, 1994. 73 s. ISBN 80-7115-076-2. info
  • Metaphor and thought. Edited by Andrew Ortony. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979. ISBN 0521296269. info
  • LOCKE, John. An essay concerning human understanding [Locke, 1964]. Edited by A. D. Woozley. London: Collins, 1964. 475 s. info
    recommended literature
  • ORTEGA Y GASSET, José. The dehumanization of art, and other essays on art, culture, and literature. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1968. info
Teaching methods
assigned reading, discussions
Assessment methods
5000 words paper
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught each semester.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: konzultace 5x za semestr 2 hodiny + domácí práce.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2008, Spring 2009, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2018.
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