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Memory, Metaphor, and Aby Warburg's Atlas of Images$
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Christopher D. Johnson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801477423

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801477423.001.0001

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Metaphorologies: Nietzsche, Blumenberg, and Hegel

Metaphorologies: Nietzsche, Blumenberg, and Hegel

(p.141) 5 Metaphorologies: Nietzsche, Blumenberg, and Hegel
Memory, Metaphor, and Aby Warburg's Atlas of Images

Christopher D. Johnson

Cornell University Press

This chapter deepens and complicates the discussion of metaphor by turning to Nietzsche, Blumenberg, and Hegel, who variously describe how metaphor helps us negotiate the conflicting claims of sensuous experience, intuition, and concepts. That the methods in Mnemosyne converge with and diverge from these metaphorologies is confirmed by Warburg's scattered writings, where he likewise makes strong epistemological demands on metaphor. With Nietzsche, Warburg seeks to make the dead, what history and duplicitous memory have buried, visible and intuitable again through metaphor. On the matter of the metaphoric as both subject matter and epistemological ideal, Warburg finds a theoretical ally in Blumenberg. Finally, Warburgian metaphor is further illuminated in Hegel's treatment of metaphor as not only a tool of comparison, but also as a means by which the individual can create unity out of multiplicity.

Keywords:   metaphorologies, epistemological demands, Warburgian metaphor, Friedrich Nietzsche, Hans Blumenberg, G.W.H. Hegel

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