McGill Undergraduate Colloquium
The next installment of the undergraduate colloquium is scheduled for Tuesday, November 17th, from 6-8 PM in Leacock 927. There are two presentations set up (abstracts appended) as well as the usual bevy of cookies, tea and coffee. I hope that you can make it.
Andy Yu – Metaphors… Literally
In this paper, I critically examine Davidson’s challenge to the view that metaphors have metaphorical meanings in addition to literal meanings. I begin by suggesting that we might think that metaphors have metaphorical meanings for two reasons: first, that they are so obviously false (or true) that we think something other than literal meaning is at stake, and second, that they draw our attention to similarities in the world. We reason by analogy with ordinary uses and literal meanings that metaphorical uses are linked to metaphorical meanings. Next, I review Davidson’s more general program for the philosophy of language, showing that it is incompatible with the view that metaphors have both literal and metaphorical meanings. So he must reject the view if he is to maintain his program. Finally, I discuss Davidson’s negative claim that the view confuses meanings with their uses, as well as his positive claim that metaphors can achieve their wow-factor without appealing to metaphorical meanings.
Anna Cook – Ethics of Care
Drawing on the works of Carol Gilligan, Nel Noddings, Grace Clement, Virginia Held and Eva Kittay, I expound care ethics’ definitions of the self, of care-giving and of care-receiving in contrast to the concepts as defined by an ethics of justice. I will explore how an ethics of care can be applied to a medical ethical dilemma in which a patient refuses life-saving treatment. Viewing this medical dilemma through a care framework raises further questions on the ethics of care— such as whether the mother-child relationship is an appropriate model for the physician-patient relationship, what role proximity plays in the care-giving of strangers, and how care ethics can prevent abuses of care within the physician-patient relationship.