Information as metaphorical and allegorical construction: some methodological preludes

Research paper by Mathias Gutmann, Benjamin Rathgeber

Indexed on: 22 Feb '08Published on: 22 Feb '08Published in: Poiesis & Praxis


Metaphors, allegories and other kinds of indirect speech-acts and catachretical phrases are usually considered to be the very opposite of scientific theories. An alternative can be identified in the constructivists’ approach, dealing with catachretical expressions as a starting point for the explication of scientific language games. The aim of this paper is to demonstrate such an alternative point of view, dealing with metaphorical applications of the term “information” within biological narratives.