Metaphor, Framing, and Reasoning

  • John Douard
  • Pamela D. Schultz
Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 53)


This book is an analysis of the metaphorical structure of our responses to certain types of violent crimes. We focus on sex offenses, and specifically on child sexual abuse. By “responses” we include not just those of the criminal justice system in the United States, but also our everyday social responses to sex offenses as represented in the media. Sex offenders, we argue, have all the characteristics of metaphorical monsters. In this chapter, we develop an account of metaphor that will help us build an analysis of two metaphors that will occupy us throughout the book: the monster and the predator. We discuss these metaphors initially as illustrations of our account of metaphor and framing. In later chapters we examine the history and cognitive work of the metaphor of the monster in much greater detail. There is no comparable history available of the predator metaphor, but we will argue that the two metaphors have historically been linked when they are used to represent criminals.


Child Sexual Abuse Literal Meaning Pretend Play False Belief Task Mass Noun 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Douard
    • 1
  • Pamela D. Schultz
    • 2
  1. 1.New BrunswickUSA
  2. 2.AlfredUSA

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