He was an authority on George Berkeley and was the first commentator to recognize the central importance of metaphor in the philosophy of Berkeley. He is best known for his book The Myth of Metaphor, published in 1962. In this book, prof. C. Turbayne argued that metaphor would necessarily occur in any language that could ever claim to embody richness and depth of understanding. In the early 1990s Colin M. Turbayne and his wife established an International Berkeley Essay Prize competition in cooperation with the Philosophy Department at the University of Rochester
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Turbayne, Colin Murray. "The Origin of Berkeley's Paradoxes." In Steinkraus, Warren E., ed. New Studies in Berkeley's Philosophy. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1966. Foreword by Brand Blanshard. pp. 31–42.
Turbayne, Colin Murray. "Visual Language from the Verbal Model." Visible Language 3 (1969):345-70
Turbayne, Colin Murray. "Berkeley's Metaphysical Grammar." In Turbayne. Berkeley, Principles … Text and Critical Essays. 1970. pp. 3–36.
Turbayne, Colin Murray. The Myth of Metaphor. With forewords by Morse Peckham and Foster Tait and appendix by Rolf Eberle. Columbia, S. C: University of South Carolina Press, 1970. Rev. of 1962 ed. Spanish ed., Fondo de Cultura Economica, Mexico, 1974. Reviewed by Paul J. Olscamp "The Philosophical Importance of С. M. Turbayne's The Myth of Metaphor." International Philosophical Quarterly 6 (1966): 110-31.