What is at stake in a metaphor?

SEBASTIAN TRAENKLE (philosophy, University of Leipzig) recently joined faculty and students at the CRITICAL THEORY AND THE ARTS department to present, “WHAT IS AT STAKE IN A METAPHOR.” The paper drew on aspects of Sebastian’s dissertation, which is a comparative study of the aesthetics and philosophy of language in T. W. Adorno and Hans Blumenberg (author of The Legitimacy of the Modern Age) by focusing on “metaphorology”: a critique of the philosophical and social functionality of metaphorics in expressing and constituting knowledge. The very provocative paper quickly made the case that there is a great deal at stake in a metaphor and the open discussion that followed the paper made brought some participants to conclude, as Sebastian had suggested, that virtually everything might be at stake in a metaphor.