Taunris More generally, for Blumenberg, every discourse of deification, infinitization, and of absolutization of the world, history, the state, etc. Considerations on the Work of Hans Blumenberg. The problem is blumenherg not one of self-affirmation which is not self-legitimation, but rather that of a legitimacy which distances itself from the problem of legitimation. The Drama of Humanity Volume Carl Schmitt sees a form of deification of mankind hereā€”and thus a kind of theological hubris.

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But, being labelled a "Half-Jew", considering that his mother was Jewish , [1] the Catholic Blumenberg was barred from continuing his studies at any regular institution of learning in Germany. At the end of the war he was kept hidden by the family of his future wife Ursula.

Blumenberg greatly despised the years which he claimed had been stolen from him by the Nazis. His friend Odo Marquard reports that after the war, Blumenberg slept only six times a week in order to make up for lost time.

After Blumenberg continued his studies of philosophy, Germanistics and classical philology at the University of Hamburg , and graduated in with a dissertation on the origin of the ontology of the Middle Ages, at the University of Kiel.

His mentor during these years was Ludwig Landgrebe. The distinctness and meaning of these metaphors constitute the perception of reality as a whole, a necessary prerequisite for human orientation, thought and action. The founding idea of this first text was further developed in works on the metaphors of light in theories of knowledge, of being in navigation Shipwreck with Spectator, and the metaphors of books and reading. Whereas metaphors originally were a means of illustrating the reality of an issue, giving form to understanding, they were later to tend towards a separate existence, in the sciences as elsewhere.

This phenomenon may range from the attempt to fully explicate the metaphor while losing sight of its illustrative function, to the experience of becoming immersed in metaphors influencing the seeming logicality of conclusions. The critical history of concepts may thus serve the depotentiation of metaphorical power. Blumenberg did, however, also warn his readers not to confound the critical deconstruction of myth with the programmatical belief in the overcoming of any mythology.

Hans Blumenberg is the author of: Contributions to the problem of the originality of the medieval-scholastic ontology doctoral thesis , unpublished.

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The Legitimacy of the Modern Age

JoJole For Blumenberg also, history is a field open to the possibility of exceeding itself. In agreement with Denis Trierweiler we believe that this confrontation is crucial. Time enough to think of some new metaphysics or institutions or language when we have gotten rid of the old. It is also, for Blumenberg, a question of going beyond the aestheticization of Schmitt and Heidegger amongst others in order to uncover the true meaning of modernity, which is, undoubtedly, an assertion of reason, but a reason which remains concerned about its own potential whilst turning its back against any absolutizing rationalist excess. The second scene of this confrontation with Schmitt relates to the meaning of the self-affirmation of human reason, understood simultaneously by Blumenberg as the founding act of modernity and that by which modernity is legitimized as a new epoch. Others gesture in the direction of a monastery in Ladakh, or a commune in Oregon.


Hans Blumenberg: The Legitimacy of the Modern Age

A great sweeping history of the course of European thought, built on the Hegel-Heidegger scale What Blumenberg has done, to put it briefly, is to describe the disintegration of the medieval world-view as a consequence of latent contradictions already present in the scholastic tradition: ultimately in the synthesis of early Christianity and neo-Platonism inherited by the European middle ages. However, this formulation supplies only the feeblest sort of pointer to the importance of a work whose author is no mere historian but an original thinker in his own right, equipped with the sort of synthesizing faculty which was the pride of German scholarship in its great age. The Times Literary Supplement Modern science buried centuries of theological controversy. Hans Blumenberg has unearthed these controversies again, rethinking the dilemmas and dead ends of Christian dogma that provided the intellectual provocations for the scientific revolution

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