Geschehen and (Hi-)Story-telling: The Question of Metaphoricity and Narrative Academic Article uri icon


  • There is an inherent and necessary relationship between metaphor and narrative. The interplay between metaphoricity and narrative constitutes the inner metaphysical structure of language and represents the key to understanding the relation of implication that binds together being, language, and man (Derrida The Question 58), which is the key to the question about human beings historical existence and to their interpretation of their own being. In what follows, I strive to inquire into such a relationship, its premises, and its implications moving from Derridas 1964s seminar Heidegger: The Question of Being and History. I take further Derridas discussion about metaphorization and demetaphorization offering an analysis of the interplay between metaphor and narrative in the onto-theological constitution of metaphysics and its ramification into the ordinary understanding of life. Ultimately, the question summoned up by the epigraph how to determine metaphorically the cipher of non-metaphor? will become the question about how the interplay between metaphor and narrative that supports all metaphysical metaphorology can be subverted through what I call an allegorical infrapolitical narrative.

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  • Poltica Comn

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  • Cerrato, M.

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  • Cerrato, Maddalena