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-. which launched the Lowith-Blumenberg debate over the nature of secularization and the legitimacy of the modern age. ‘ The widespread discussion the book.

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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 here—and thus a kind of theological hubris.

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Does this represent a reinstatement of the lost link with a premodern theology or the movement of the project of autonomy proclaimed by modernity towards its blumenbsrg Search within my subject: Nietzsche, at his worst, gestured towards some narcissistic and inarticulate hunks of Bronze Age beefcake.

History of Western Philosophy. Modernity thus expropriates theological notions, zge them outside of their authentic semantic context and into another context in which they are trivialized and their meaning dissolved. Blumenberg traces the further development of this excuse in discussions of among others Galileo, Descartes, Voltaire, Hume and Kant.

Contents Status of the Concept. On the contrary, there is a moral earnestness about the book which is extremely impressive. It is also successful, above all, because it deferentially leaves the fulfilment of the Kingdom to God instead of laying claim to its realization in the world and in history.

The History of Psychological Categories. This loss, however, takes blumenbert against a background of continuity. It is a good grounding to the various movements in Vienna during the critical period between They have to gesture in the direction of a place where such consciousness exists or existed.


In the end, only the state decisionism extolled by Schmitt, based upon the relational commandment of simple obedience, represents a successful secular theology. The Legitimacy of the Modern Age.

At the end of his Political Theology blumengerghe pushes its egotistic and diabolical character to an extreme, not, however, without demonstrating a degree of fascination for this type of nihilism.

Science Logic and Mathematics. This project Bluenberg understands retroactively: I got this as an ex library book. LMAIV, 2, p. The genesis of the modern notion of infinity is analyzed in the first and fourth parts of the The Legitimacy of the Modern Ageas well as in the The Genesis of the Copernican World.

This borrowing also creates a debt in its turn, even if that debt is more often than not difficult to express in normative terms: Blumenberg highlights what the notion of historical progress owes to the experience derived from the new discoveries. Julian Joseph Potter – – Thesis Eleven 1: The depreciatory connotation of the category is at that moment broadened into a global condemnation of modernity: According to this hermeneutic, the present is the presentation of an alienated truth—with the ambiguity upon which the Heideggerian Ereignis draws, namely, that that which is hidden is simultaneously revealed, aeg as hidden, etc.

Indeed, modern politics has rather, at least since Hobbes, aimed at the suppression of sovereignty in its voluntarist and heteronomic capacities; and if, as Schmitt thought inpolitics must also disappear with sovereignty or the political, in its heteronomic dimensionthen politics or the political will blumehberg been only a stage in the shaping of modernity.

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Hans Blumenberg, The Legitimacy of the Modern Age – PhilPapers

It is not what it claims to be, namely an escape from religion and the liberation of mankind—it is in truth no more than the continuation of religion by new means. Such a hermeneutic is also a hermeneutic of suspicion.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. 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. Benjamin Lazier – – Journal of the History of Ideas 64 4: Three Elements of Stakeholder Legitimacy. The most immediately striking arguments lefitimacy methodological in nature: Modernity does not constitute an epoch, since it generates no new values.


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From this point of view, the virtues of the citizen are those of the Christian, namely humility, obedience and patience. The only real choice is that between an orthodox, coherent omdern theology capable of accepting itself as such and a heterodox, contradictory, and latent political theology.

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.

They do not in the least define the limits of modernity.

Don’t have an account? 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. References to this book The Ability to Mourn: This section is filled with arch and allusive replies to critics of the first edition of the book — replies which Wallace does his best to elucidate in footnotes, but which are often pretty confusing.

The Agr of the Closure of any Political Theologypostcript, trans.

But this rejection leaves theoretical curiosity without blumehberg. LMAI, 2, pp. Legitimacy is Not Authority. Austin Harrington – – Thesis Eleven 94 1: It has been a long time since anybody with pretensions to historical depth has agreed with Macaulay about Bacon.