International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

A Cognitive Approach to Educational Metaphor about Images of Teachers in the Analects—Take Yang Bojun and D.C. Lau’s Edition for Reference
TAO Mei, LI Bo

On the basis of Conceptual Metaphor Theory proposed by Lakoff and Johnson, this paper concludes six educational metaphors in The Analects about images of teachers. In addition, this paper also analyzes the process of Confucius’s cognition and the cultural influence based on the time background and his own experience about images of a teacher behind these concluded conceptual metaphors so as to prove that cultural influences and people’ experiences are important to generate and understand metaphors. Also this paper aims to find some guidance for the development of our education today based on our ancestor’s wisdom.

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