In: KulturPoetik 2006, Heft 1


Jutta Heinz


Brückenschläge. Begriffliche und bildliche Erkenntnis bei Musil, Rickert und Simmel




By analysing bridge metaphors in literary, essayistic, and philosophical texts from the beginning of the 20th century, this essay shows how figurative forms of expression can be used to enhance knowledge rather than merely illustrating it. It draws on current epistemological theories of analogy as well as Hans Blumenbach’s metaphorology. The main focus is on texts by Heinrich Rickert, Georg Simmel, and Robert Musil, whereby parallels in the natural sciences and cultural studies are used to evince new forms of cultural knowledge and a more vivid understanding of particular theoretical issues. The case is made for a cultural theory in which figurative presentations of ideas are allowed to stand beside rational explanations.