Schaeffer, John D.
M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of English
Rand; Ayn Philosophy: Who needs it; Rhetoric; Philosophy; Metaphor in literature--Research
This thesis analyzes metaphorical constructions in Ayn Rand's speech and essay "Philosophy: Who Needs It." Metaphors as condensed analogies and Lakovian conceptual metaphors play an important role in constructing Objectivist worldview and reframing the audience's views. Rand identifies philosophy by using three metaphors: Mind Is Computer, Life Is A Battle, and the novel Philosophy Is War. The frames derived from the metaphorical constructions are intercompared through some Objectivist non-fiction to show a consistent worldview. Rand's rhetoric is also known to influence movement conservatives, and this connection is found through conceptual metaphors Capitalism Is God's Will and the Strict Father morality.
Startsev, Ilya, "Conceptual metaphors in Ayn Rand's "Philosophy: Who needs it"" (2015). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 1903.
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Advisors: John D. Schaeffer.||Committee members: Philip Eubanks; Bradley Peters.