“Slippery slopes” – metaphors in ethical debate


“Slippery Slope” und “Dammbruch” – Über den Gebrauch von Metaphern in ethischen Debatten

On the use of metaphors as an ontological framework to cope with the everyday. The metaphor “slippery slope”, e.g. in the “three-parent baby” debate, is merely a tool used in an attempt to cut off discourse and imply that the opponent’s arguments have no validity. This may be because the person hasn’t enough detailed knowledge or because they lack arguments themselves. Another example of the power of metaphors.

 

“Slippery Slope” und “Dammbruch” – Über den Gebrauch von Metaphern in ethischen Debatten.

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