Hans Blumenberg is professor of philosophy at the University ofMünster. The Legitimacy of the Modern Age is included in the series Studies in Contemporary. which launched the Lowith-Blumenberg debate over the nature of secularization and the legitimacy of the modern age. ‘ The widespread discussion the book. Blumenberg. Hans. The legitimacy of the modern age. (Sruclies in contemporary German social thoughtl. Translation of. Die Legitimitlit der Nemeit. 2nd rev. ed.

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Schmitt is not properly speaking as an anti-modern, in the sense of being nostalgic for the medieval theologico-political order.

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Carlyle gestured towards some contented peasants working the lands of a kindly medieval abbot. Request removal from index. It has been a long time since anybody with pretensions to historical depth has agreed with Macaulay about Bacon. He has translated eight hundred pages of very tough German as lucidly as ae permits. Home Articles Hans Blumenberg: Includes information on Klimt, Kokoschka, Schiele and Olbrich.

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These answers consisted in variations zge the claim that the point of our lives lies in our contribution to an infinite task — the acquisition of Baconian knowledge-as-power, the satisfaction of theoretical blumengerg — which lies before the species as a whole. This self-understanding is in a sense the very truth of the phenomenon: Since then we have been becoming freer and freer thanks to the developing natural sciences, the proliferation of new artistic forms, increasingly democratic political institutions, and similar aids to self-confidence, necessary for life in a Godless universe.

Added to PP index Total downloads 27of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 6 91, of 2, How can I increase my downloads? In this major work, Blumenberg takes issue with Karl Lowith’s well-known thesis that the ghe of progress is a secularized version of Christian eschatology, which promises a dramatic intervention that will consummate the history of the There is not a stale sentence in it.

Pippin – – History of the Human Sciences 6 4: His hermeneutic, on the contrary, is centered upon the self-understanding which an era constructs for itself out of its own situation within history—this is, moreover, a hermeneutic bias which he shares with Voegelin to a certain extent. I got this as an ex library book.

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The Enlightenment was, indeed, wrong to see itself as the discovery of the true, ahistorical framework of human existence — as the first occasion on which humans had seen themselves as of they truly were. Status of the Concept. The latter begins in the first part and continues in the books that follow, with an analysis of the notions of Gnosticism, intellectual curiosity, and epochal threshold. Using this general method of hermeneutics of metaphor, Blumenberg attempts to identify ruptures within the history of thought beneath the apparent continuities.

The German mode of gearing up to think about something — starting with the Greeks and working down through, for example, Cicero, Galileo and Schelling before saying anything off your own bat — is easily parodied. Indeed, for Blumenberg a disciple of Cassirer on this pointmodernity is characterized by the presence of a specific intellectual act which cannot be reduced to its ancient or medieval antecedents.

Such stories determine our sense of what is living and what is dead legitimacyy the past, and thus of when the crucial steps forward, or the crucial mistakes or ruptures, occurred. Modernity thus does not consist of blumebnerg affirmation of the political, but, on the contrary, abandons the absolutism of the political, which is strategically mpdern in the beginning only in order to combat another absolutism on equal terms—that of the religious.

What Blumenberg attacks directly is the hermeneutic structure of the category of secularization, by challenging its claim to explain modernity—even if that explanation claims to be neutral Weber, Carl Schmitt in the third chapter of his Political Theology ofor indeed legitimizing Schmitt again within certain contexts, crisis theologies, Marquard, etc.

If it is coherent with itself, liberal modernity tends towards atheism. Here the discussion becomes much more detailed and exegetical than in earlier portions of nlumenberg book, and I shall not legitimay to summarise it. Chains that easy to break cannot count as bondage.

Thus the picture of its own origins and possibility in history that the epoch of rationality made for itself remained peculiarly irrational. This claim detaches happiness from the pursuit of knowledge, and puts Christian faith in the vacancy left by the sceptical dissolution of the possibility of a contemplative life.

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So people who use such notions cannot tell us what is false about our consciousness by spelling out what undistorted consciousness looks like.

The self-government of society, and the autonomy of Man which underlies it, is not moddern in the final analysis, a delusion, but truly the limit of modernity.

He is author of several books, with the latest being “Voegelin: Three Elements of Stakeholder Legitimacy. Modernity thus expropriates theological notions, transferring them outside of their authentic semantic context and into another context in which they are trivialized and their meaning dissolved.

Let us retain two essential points of the Blumenberg critique, which is, it must be said, one mosern the rare critiques, along with that of Voegelin, to have confronted the Schmittian project from a conceptual standpoint.

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Hans Blumenberg: The Legitimacy of the Modern Age

Blumenberg, The Legitimacy of the Modern Agefirst edition, ; second edition, significantly revised and enlarged, published between and Alberto Fragio – – Logos.

Instead, Blumenberg argues,the idea of progress always implies a process at work within history, operating through an internallogic that ultimately expresses human choices and is legitimized by human self-assertion, by man’sresponsibility for his own fate. He thinks that the Middle Ages reached a predestined crisis when the notion of Divine Omnipotence was thought through by Ockham to its bitter end.

This midern rise to highly tortuous forms of discourse on the subject of secularization, such as that of Rudolf Bultmann, amongst the theologians, or of Odo Marquard for the philosophers. Badly-educated English-speaking philosophers like myself the kind who read long books in German only if they absolutely have to, non sine ira et studio owe a great deal to Robert Wallace.