Metaphor, induction and innovation: Getting outside the box

  • Inesa Sahakyan Department of Applied Foreign Languages, University of Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France
Keywords: creativity, innovation, induction, inference, metaphor, metaphorical reasoning

Abstract

Today more than ever innovation seems vital for us to anticipate the future and adapt to our rapidly changing world. But what is innovation and how is it accomplished? How can the mind generate innovative ideas? To gain a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying the human capacity to innovate, the present study aims at answering two basic questions: first, ‘what makes innovation possible?’ and second, ‘why are innovative ideas unusual?’. These questions are addressed within the framework of Peircean semiotics, in particular in the light of Peirce’s conception of inference. Different types of inferences are studied to determine the mode of reasoning which is central to innovative thought. While creativity and innovation are often analysed through the prism of abduction, this study puts forward an alternative approach drawing a parallel between modes of inferences and types of hypoicons. It claims that what makes innovation possible is metaphoric reasoning underlying induction.

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Author Biography

Inesa Sahakyan, Department of Applied Foreign Languages, University of Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France

 

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Published
2021-06-04
How to Cite
Sahakyan, I. (2021). Metaphor, induction and innovation: Getting outside the box. Sign Systems Studies, 49(1-2), 166-190. https://doi.org/10.12697/SSS.2021.49.1-2.07