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Date: Tue, 27 May 2008 15:56:38 -0400
Subject: [Nietzsche] Method for the Psychoanalytic Interpretation of Culture


	



Analysis of Metaphor: Method for the Psychoanalytic Interpretation of
Culture
Richard A. Koenigsberg



I. IDEOLOGY AND METAPHOR

II. CONCEPTUAL METAPHORS
III. FANTASY AND THE EMBODIED MIND 
IV. PSYCHIC DETERMINISM
V. THE HUMAN BODY AND THE BODY POLITIC

	


IDEOLOGY AND METAPHOR


Ideologies contain and articulate unconscious meanings. How is it possible
to decipher the latent content of ideological texts? I have developed a
method, "analysis of metaphor," that consists of identifying recurring
images and metaphors within writings and speeches of individuals who have
been significant in defining an ideology and bringing it forth onto the
public stage. 

 

This method grows out of my research on Hitler and Nazism, presented in
Hitler <http://www.richardkoenigsberg.com/hitlers_ideology_promo.pdf> 's
Ideology: Embodied Metaphor, Fantasy and History (2007) and in online
publications such as  <http://www.ideologiesofwar.com/docs/rk_ipg.htm>
"Ideology, Perception and Genocide" and
<http://home.earthlink.net/~libraryofsocialscience/gi.htm> "Genocide as
Immunology" Hitler's world view-his perception of reality-grew out of his
belief that Germany was a body and Jews pathogenic organisms.

 

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Read the online publication:
Analysis <http://www.psych-culture.com/docs/rk_metaphor.html>  of Metaphor:
Method for the 
Psychological Interpretation of Culture

 

Please send comments or commentaries via email to Orion Anderson at
oanderson-AT-ideologiesofwar.com 
or call (718) 393-1081

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FANTASY AND THE EMBODIED MIND

Mark Johnson claims that bodily experience works its way into the mind
through imaginative projection. According to Melanie Klein, fantasy never
loses its connection to the body. If ideologies articulate fantasies and
fantasies derive from the body, it follows that ideologies are bound to-not
separate from-our bodies. By virtue of embodied metaphors, the body with its
fantasies makes its way into discourse. 

 

PSYCHIC DETERMINISM

Perhaps metaphors are vehicles through which unconscious fantasies and
desires make their way into everyday life. Unconscious fantasies (about the
body) continually enter language and consciousness-through the vehicle of
metaphor. Thus, there is no clear distinction between fantasy and ordinary
mental operations.

Analysis of ideology is analogous to Freud's interpretation of dreams. As
dreams reveal the unconscious fantasies of individuals, so ideologies reveal
fantasies shared by members of a group. Ideologies are like manifest content
of a dream that many people are having at once. 

 

THE HUMAN BODY AND THE BODY POLITIC


The reality that the Nazis constructed cannot be separated from bodily
fantasy. People say that discourse shapes the body, but might we not also
say that our bodies give rise to and structure discourse? Hitler's rhetoric
about the German body politic contains a narrative about Hitler. What was
the nature of Hitler's disease that led him to devise the Final Solution as
a means to kill the disease within the body politic? 

	
	
	

 

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