Alberto Martinengo

A Challenge to Hermeneutics

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Keywords: Metaphor; Hermeneutics; Image; Picture; Paul Ricoeur.

The relevance of philosophical hermeneutics for the contemporary metaphorical revival is often overlooked. Yet, metaphor is an eminent issue for hermeneutics since Friedrich Nietzsche's motto on truth as a mobile army of figures. The present essay retraces a history of metaphor in continental philosophy, with a particular emphasis on Paul Ricoeur theory of imagination and language. The aim of the paper is to highlight some preliminary remarks for a hermeneutics of image.

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