CFP: Metaphor Theories

Submission deadline: May 30, 2021

Conference date(s):
July 22, 2021 - July 24, 2021

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Conference Venue:

Departement of Philosophy, Technische Universität Braunschweig
Braunschweig, Germany


Topic and description:

Metaphors shape the linguistic and figurative reality of humans. Without them, understanding and wide areas of communicative and scientific practice would not be possible. Therefore, they form the basis for initially completely disparate areas of philosophy, which, however, can ultimately be brought together and paint a multi-faceted picture of human mind. These areas range from the philosophy of language (hermeneutics) and semiotics, the philosophy of science and aesthetics to the cognitive science approaches of the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of embodiment (embodiment). The workshop would like to pursue this multifaceted offer on the metaphor theories and philosophical approaches to metaphor. Among other things, Hans Blumenberg's approach to metaphorology should play a role. In his early writings, Blumenberg describes different modes of metaphor and uses the absolute metaphor to highlight not only a particularity of linguistic practice, but also a conceptual access to world contexts.

The workshop is aimed at the philosophical metaphor theories as a whole, in which Blumenberg can, but does not have to play, a role. We kindly ask you to send in abstracts for a lecture (30 minutes + 20 minutes of discussion) that systematically or historically touches on the attached areas (measured against an author). A common anthology is sought. The following topics should be addressed:

- Relationship of the metaphor to the sayable and the unspeakable

- Relationship of the metaphor to the function of meaning in linguistic utterances

- Blumenberg's concept of metaphor and absolute metaphor with regard to his understanding of history

- Metaphors and scientific ways of speaking and practices

- Hermeneutics and metaphor

- Metaphors and the figurative of language

- Imagination and metaphors

- Body phenomenological justification of spatial metaphors (embodiment approaches)

- Translation and metaphors

- Metaphor, analogy and the change to another genre (Metábasis eis állo génos)

Please send an abstract of approximately 1 to one and a half pages (400-800 words) and a fully formulated curriculum vitae (1 page) to the following e-mail address:

Deadline: Sunday 05/30/2021

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