Maps and metaphors

Roger M. Downs

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It has been argued that the confusion surrounding the term map in the expression, mental map, renders the expression meaningless. The confusion can be removed if we consider two sources of misunderstanding. First, there is a failure to appreciate the complex, double role that the map plays in our analogical thinking, and second, there is a failure to distinguish between the map as metaphor and the map as analogy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-293
Number of pages7
JournalProfessional Geographer
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1981

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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