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In times of crisis, our understanding often makes recourse to metaphorical expressions of our condition. How (if at all) does this metaphoricity work for us? Whether in dreams, poetry, or philosophy, metaphor and symbols play a powerful role in shaping our experience. A comparison of Jacques Derrida (Athens, Still Remains) and Sigmund Freud (A Disturbance of Memory on the Acropolis), as travellers facing the ruins of Athens, offered insight into the transforming work of metaphors.
Associate Professor of English and Interdisciplinary Studies, Kennesaw State University
Reader in European Philosophy, European Institute, LSE and Director of the Forum for European Philosophy
Recorded on 26 November 2013 at the LSE