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

  title={Metaphors in and for the Sociology of Religion: Towards a Theory after Nietzsche},
  author={Andrew McKinnon},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary Religion},
  pages={203 - 216}
  • Andrew McKinnon
  • Published 23 April 2012
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Contemporary Religion
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… 

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