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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.

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Thursday, 15 June 2023
10.00 – 10.15 Welcome + Introduction
Linda Simonis
10.15 – 10.30

On the CRC 1475 and Subproject C03
Knut Martin Stünkel

10.30 – 11.30 Cusanus’ Scientific Observations of the Physical World: The Most Direct Metaphorical Approach toward the Divine
Il Kim
11.30 – 12.00 Coffee Break
12.00 – 13.00 Problems of the Infinite Line of Nicholas of Cusa
David C. Albertson
13.00 – 14.30 Lunch Break
14.30 – 15.30 “All likenesses must shatter”: Exploding Metaphors, Exploding Texts in Nicholas of Cusa
Elizabeth Brient
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee Break
16.00 – 17.00 Presentation of the INF Project and the Thesaurus of Religious Metaphors
Frederik Elwert
17.00 – 17.30 On the Journal “Metaphor Papers”
Julia Heinig
18.30 Dinner
Friday, 16. June
10.00 – 11.00

Wege wagen mit Cusanus: Alchemistische Metaphorik des lateinischen Mittelalters in Rezepten, Dialogen und Predigten des deutschen Denkers des 15. Jhs.
Witalij Morosow

11.00 – 11.20 Coffee Break
11.20 – 12.15 Mill, Miller, and Grinding as Theological Comparisons and Metaphors in Cusanus' Sermones
Viki Ranff
12.15 – 13.00 Metaphors of Metabolisms in Cusanus' Sermons
Phoenix Savapakarn
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch Break
14.00 – 14.45 Cusanus' Every-Day Metaphors
Knut Martin Stünkel
14.45 – 15.30 Final Discussion
15.30 End of Conference




Affiliated Persons

Photograph of Sabrina Finke M.A.

Sabrina Finke M.A.


Universitätsstr. 90a
44789  Bochum
Office 3.08
+49 234 32-21964

Prof. Dr. Linda Simonis


Universitätsstr. 150
44801  Bochum
Office GB 3/162
+49 234 32-28564
Photograph of PD Dr. Knut Martin Stünkel

PD Dr. Knut Martin Stünkel


Universitätsstr. 90a
44789  Bochum
Office 2.05
+49 234 32-21993