Voegelin's Use of Metaphor

23 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2011 Last revised: 22 Aug 2012

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Glenn Hughes

Saint Mary's University of San Antonio

Date Written: 2011


This paper discusses Eric Voegelin's use of key metaphors at the core of his philosophy of existence. After a look at Voegeli's notion of "symbol," it offers definitions of analogy and metaphor, then goes on to introduce notions of "existential metaphors" and "primal metaphors," the latter defined as those pertaining to transcendence or to human participation in transcendence. Voegelin's choice to rely in his philosophy on primal metaphors such as "the Beyond" and "the In-Between" is examined, and this choice is finally related to his openness to and analyses of myth.

Keywords: Voegelin, metaphor, symbols, transcendence

Suggested Citation

Hughes, Glenn, Voegelin's Use of Metaphor (2011). APSA 2011 Annual Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1903037

Glenn Hughes (Contact Author)

Saint Mary's University of San Antonio ( email )

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San Antonio, TX 78228
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