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O'Neill, Linda - Gadamer And The Game Of Truth: Frames And Fusions -
July 2, 2012
KEYQUOTE: How might explicit reference to metaphorical frames such as Lakoff and Ault’s be useful in helping to attune our eyes and our ears to the pre- understandings that constitute our horizons? How might frames like those identified by Lakoff and Ault be used to facilitate discussions that lead not simply to dueling frames, but to fusions of horizons that keep our discussions about differences “in play”? Frames point to the power of metaphorical pre- understandings and emotionally laden forestructures, so often more compelling than any “factual” evidence that challenges them. Fusions point beyond the structures of frames to horizons that shift and reshape in the interplay of understanding. Understanding as a fusion of horizons may entail the identification of frames that define and separate us; but understanding as fusion also calls us to put our own horizons, our deepest meanings, back into play in hopes of finding more honest, humble, and humane metaphors to live by. -
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