Paradigms for a Metaphorology

ISBN-10: 0801449251

ISBN-13: 9780801449253

Edition: 2010

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What role do metaphors play in philosophical language? Are they impediments to clear thinking and clear expression, rhetorical flourishes that may well help to make philosophy more accessible to a lay audience, but that ought ideally to be eradicated in the interests of terminological exactness? Or can the images used by philosophers tell us more about the hopes and cares, attitudes and indifferences that regulate an epoch than their carefully elaborated systems of thought?In Paradigms for a Metaphorology, originally published in 1963 and here made available for the first time in English translation, Hans Blumenberg (1920-1996) approaches these questions by examining the relationship between metaphors and concepts. Blumenberg argues for the existence of "absolute metaphors" that cannot be translated back into conceptual language. Absolute metaphors "answer" the supposedly naïve, theoretically unanswerable questions whose relevance lies quite simply in the fact that they cannot be brushed aside, since we do not pose them ourselves but find them already posed in the ground of our existence. They leap into a void that concepts are unable to fill. An afterword by the translator, Robert Savage, positions the book in the intellectual context of its time and explains its continuing importance for work in the history of ideas.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 8/19/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 160
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Hans Blumenberg, the creator of metaphorology, was one of the most important German philosophers of the latter 20th century.

A Note on the Translation
Introduction
Metaphorics of the 'Mighty' Truth
Metaphorics of Truth and Pragmatics of Knowledge
A Terminological and Metaphorological Cross Section of the Idea of Truth
Metaphorics of the 'Naked' Truth
Terra Incognita and 'Incomplete Universe' as Metaphors of the Modern Relationship to the World
Organic and Mechanical Background Metaphorics
Myth and Metaphorics
Terminologization of a Metaphor: From 'Verisimilitude' to 'Probability'
Metaphorized Cosmology
Geometric Symbolism and Metaphorics
Translator's Afterword. Metaphorology: A Beginner's Guide
Index of Names
Subject Index
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