Author

Ilya Startsev

Publication Date

2015

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Schaeffer, John D.

Degree Name

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Department

Department of English

LCSH

Rand, Ayn Philosophy: Who needs it||Rhetoric||Philosophy||Metaphor in literature--Research

Abstract

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.

Comments

Advisors: John D. Schaeffer.||Committee members: Philip Eubanks; Bradley Peters.

Extent

58 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

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Text

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