Nietzsche, Metaphor, Religion

Nietzsche, Metaphor, Religion

by Tim Murphy




Presents a radically anti-foundationalist reading of Nietzsche's philosophy of religion.

Nietzsche argued that metaphor is at the basis of language, concepts, and perception, making it the vehicle by which humans interpret the world. As such, metaphor has profound consequences for the nature of religion and of philosophy. Nietzsche, Metaphor, Religion connects Nietzsche’s early writings on rhetoric and metaphor, especially as understood by contemporary French philosophers and literary theorists, with Nietzsche’s later writings on religion. The result is a radically anti-foundationalist reading of Nietzsche’s “philosophy of religion” as an unending series of metaphoric-literary agons or contests.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791450871
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 10/18/2001
Series: SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy Series
Pages: 235
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Tim Murphy teaches in the Department of Religion at Case Western Reserve University.

Table of Contents



1. (Re:)Reading Nietzsche on Metaphor and on Religion

Nietzsche on Metaphor
The Antichrist: Madness or Maturity?
(Re:)Reading Nietzsche on Religion
(Re:)Reading Nietzsche Writing: "Discourse" vs. "Text"


2. Nietzsche's Metaphor for Metaphor

The Metaphor for Metaphor
Übertragung and Language
Übertragung and Perception
Übertragung and Concepts
Catechresis and Identity

3. The Structure of Metaphor

Übertragung and Domains Interaction Theory
Barthes: Connotation, Cultural Codes, and Domains
Metaphor in the Text: Registers
Mapping Religion: Nietzsche's Primary Metaphor Domains
Case Study I: Explicating the Aristocratic Domain
Case Study II: Explicating the Dionysian Domain
Mapping Religion: The Secondary Domains

4. Metaphor, Interpretation, and Narrative: Elements of a Nietzschean Theory of Culture

Übertragung and Interpretation
Interpretation, Power, and the A

Narrative Representation and Historical Identity


5. The Religious Body

The Sick Body: "Religion" as Hygienic Regime
The Priest's Pharmakon
Metalipsis: The Religious Errors of Causation

6. The "Retroactive Confiscations" of Judaism

The "Retroactive Confiscations" of Judaism
The Metaphor Domains in Nietzsche's Rendering of Judaism
The Signifier "Jew" in the German Christian Metanarrative of European Modernity
The Jews in Nietzsche's Counternarrative of Modern European Identity
Contemporary Responses to the Issues of Nietzsche's Alleged Anti-Semitism

7. Nietzsche's Metaphors for Jesus

Hermeneutical Prologue
Jesus as Myshkin
Jesus as Buddha
The Physiology of Jesus' Teachings
The Metaphor Domains in Nietzsche's Jesus
Contemporary Readings of Nietzsche's Jesus

8. Peter, Paul, and Nietzsche: Tracing the Signifier "Christ" through Christian History

The Synoptic "Christ" as a Mistranslation of Jesus
The Übertragungen of the Apostle Paul
Luther as "the Second Paul" and the German Christian Discourse About Christianity
The Ironic Emplotment of Christian History

9. Metaphor and the Death of God

Metaphor and the Death of God
Metalanguage and Metaphor
Agonistic Interpretation, Identity, and Religion
The Heuristic of Metaphor: Philosophy and Metatheory


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