Metaphor and Political Discourse

Analogical Reasoning in Debates about Europe

  • Andreas Musolff

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 178-211

About this book


Far from being rhetorical ornaments, metaphors play a central role in public discourse, as they shape the structure of political categorisation and argumentation. Drawing on a very large bilingual corpus, this book, now in paperback, analyses the distribution of 'metaphor scenarios' in more than a decade of public discourse on European integration, elucidating differences in UK and German attitudes and argumentation. The corpus analysis leads to a refinement of cognitive metaphor theory by systematically relating conceptual, semantic and argumentation levels and incorporating the historical dimension of metaphor evolution. Finally, drawing on examples of metaphor negotiation and on a reassessment of Hobbes' concept of metaphor in Leviathan, the book highlights the ethical dimension of metaphor in politics.


argumentation Britain corpus ethics European politics Germany Hobbes metaphor press public discourse scenario discourse European Union (EU) German Leviathan politics semantics

Authors and affiliations

  • Andreas Musolff
    • 1
  1. 1.University of DurhamUK

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