This chapter addresses Hans Blumenberg's introduction to Paradigms for a Metaphorology (1960). The introduction outlines possible theoretical foundations for a metaphorology — most importantly Kant — while its remaining chapters consist of nine fairly distinct studies of specific metaphorological complexes, such as the “mighty” truth, the difference between organic and mechanical background ... [Show full abstract] metaphorics, or the metaphorics of geometric symbolism. Their semantic historical behavior permits or resists their transformation into concepts; hence, Blumenberg proposes them as “paradigms” that might help found a systematic metaphorology. By investigating the nonconceptual, yet-to-be-settled semantic layers of emerging terminologies, Blumenberg's metaphorology is concerned less with the truth of metaphysics than with analyzing philosophy's own unthought and shifting foundations. While he concedes that ornamental metaphors may indeed only provide rhetorical flourishes, Blumenberg draws attention to what he calls “absolute metaphors,” of which “truth as light” would be an example, which cannot simply be converted back into conceptuality.