Exploring the Cosmos: Unraveling Cusanus’ Metaphors
CERES Palais, room "Ruhrpott" (4.13)
The works of Nicholas of Cusa (1401 – 1464) distinguish themselves by an extensive range of metaphors spanning from things and circumstances of everyday life and aspects of the natural world to cosmological phenomena and more abstract geometrical and mathematical images. Many of these metaphors challenge the reader due to their often unusual and daring combination of elements which appear to be semantically incongruous or remote from each other.
In the workshop, we want to take up this challenge and further explore both the scope and the particularities of Nicholas’ figurative language. In this attempt, the presented case studies will also serve as test cases to investigate conceptual issues of metaphor analysis, such as the relations of source and target domains and the mapping process.