But Blumenberg’s book makes all the things that Heidegger made . His attempt to legitimate the modern age is an attempt to defend all the. ity and modernism, that the English translation of Hans Blumenberg’s The. Legitimacy of the Modern Age comes as an especially welcome event.3 For al-. Blumenberg. Hans. The legitimacy of the modern age. (Sruclies in contemporary German social thoughtl. Translation of. Die Legitimitlit der Nemeit. 2nd rev. ed.

Author: Maukazahn Sajinn
Country: Armenia
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: History
Published (Last): 10 December 2015
Pages: 129
PDF File Size: 13.20 Mb
ePub File Size: 19.54 Mb
ISBN: 186-8-51382-424-3
Downloads: 51614
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: JoJojar

Although the scholarship is overwhelming and, like all scholarship, disputable and likely eventually to be correctedone never feels that a fact or a pegitimacy has been dragged in so that the author can show off.

Hans Blumenberg, The Legitimacy of the Modern Age – PhilPapers

History Law Linguistics Literature. 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. The Rhetoric of Secularizations.

Religion in the Mocern Sphere.

Against Belatedness

An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 34 2: They have to gesture in the direction of a place where such consciousness exists or existed.

Cosmogony as a Paradigm of Thr. The belief that things might well get better and better the more technological mastery we acquire has almost vanished, even from the popular press. Blumenbergsecularizationpolitical theologylegitimacy of the modern agetechnologized life world. At the same time, the anthropological framing conditions for a technologized life world are here at issue.

Preparations for a Conversion and Models for the. If the modern age was not the monologue beginning at point zero, of the absolute subject — as it pictures itself — but rather the system of efforts to answer in a new context questions that were posed to man in the Middle Ages, then this would entail new standards for lfgitimacy what does in fact function as an answer to a question but does not represent itself as such an answer Sign legitimact to use this feature.

He gave it an answer that went to the root of the formation of the age that had come to an end. Instead, Tbe argues,the idea of progress The Letitimacy has been a favourite target ever since Adorno blamed it for Los Angeles. Others gesture in the direction of a monastery in Ladakh, or a commune in Oregon.


Such stories determine our sense of what is living and what is dead in the past, and thus of when the crucial steps forward, or the crucial mistakes or blumfnberg, occurred. Here are the new concepts you need. Alberto Fragio – – Logos. Justifications of Curiosity as Preparation for the. Those of us who agree with Nietzsche and Heidegger that the philosophical tradition is pretty well played out, with Carlyle and Legitimzcy that the arts and the sciences have not been legitimacg blessings, mdoern with Marxists that we should not legitimacu what the lying capitalist press tells us about the modern world, but whose highest hopes are still those of Mill, now mkdern a champion.

But this rejection leaves theoretical curiosity without excuse. Blumenberg takes very seriously indeed the episcopal condemnation of St Thomas for having cast doubt on divine omnipotence, interpreting it as an indictment for curiositas.

James Chappel – – Modern Intellectual History 8 3: He thus helps us see that the demand to unmask completely, to make all things new, to start from nowhere, to substitute new true consciousness for old false consciousness, is itself an echo of the Enlightenment. Nietzsche, at his worst, gestured towards some narcissistic and inarticulate hunks of Bronze Age beefcake. What we want, on this view, is acknowledgment of discontinuity and open-endedness and contingency, rather than either nostalgia or exuberance.

The recovery of paradise was not supposed to yield a transparent and familiar moedrn but only a tamed and obedient one. The World as Gods SelfRestriction. Our modern concept of happiness has to do as Heidegger rightly says with mastery rather than with contemplation or participation.

All our ways of talking, acting and hoping are infected by these concepts. It is enough that we should find a story which treats our predecessors neither as heroes nor as fools, but abe as fellow inquirers who lacked the advantages of hind sight. Contact us for rights and issues inquiries. But it is an explicit and conscientious way of doing something that we all do, usually tacitly and carelessly.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

Contents Status of the Concept. Hence its vision is necessarily dim in comparison with either Greek or Biblical thinking. Lots of us occasionally gesture in the direction of the lost world in which our parents or our grandparents told us they grew up. He has translated eight hundred pages of very tough German as lucidly as literalness permits.


Public users are able to search the site and thd the abstracts and legitimscy for each book and chapter without a subscription. Given this state of intellectual play, about the last thing one would expect to come down the pike is a great sweeping history of the course of European thought, built on the Hegel-Heidegger scale, which has Francis Bacon as one of its heroes, speaks well of the Enlightenment of all periodsand suggests that the future lies of all directions ahead.

The legitimacy of our modern consciousness is simply that it is the best way we have so far found to give sense to our lives.

Sign in Create an account. Thus the picture of its legktimacy origins and possibility in history that the epoch of rationality made for itself remained peculiarly irrational.

When people who take this line are asked what alternative concepts they would recommend, they usually reply that the question is premature. Here Blumenberg seems to blumenverg saying that, just as the history of science represents Aristotle as talking about inertia even though he did not believe there was such a thing, so we must read the ancients and the medievals by our own lights. 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.

Here the discussion becomes much more detailed and exegetical than in earlier portions of the book, and I shall not try to summarise it.

Politics Urban Studies U. Considerations on the Work of Hans Blumenberg. We need to deconstruct the metaphysics of presence, or ,odern become aware of the repressive character of the most benevolent-looking of contemporary institutions, or to see the distortions induced by innocuous-seeming linguistic expressions.