Metaphors in and for the Sociology of Religion: Towards a Theory after Nietzsche

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Abstract

Metaphors are indispensable for sociological thinking about religion, but they have received much less consideration than they deserve. This article argues the importance of systematic theoretical reflection on metaphors, both in the sociological analysis of religion and in the religious discourse of society. The article provides an outline of Nietzsche's early sociological theory of metaphor, situating it as a neglected classic for sociologists of religion in the context of other work on metaphor in the discipline.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-216
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Contemporary Religion
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2012

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