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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Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords modwrn each book and chapter without a subscription. The same may be said of the notion of the infinity of historical progress. 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.

The only real choice is that between an orthodox, coherent political theology capable of accepting itself as such and a heterodox, contradictory, and latent political theology.

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Ockham urged that there was agf reason knowable to man why God actualised this possible world rather than another. Modernity has not forged new gods: Cosmogony as a Paradigm of SelfConstitution. Schmitt is not properly speaking as an anti-modern, in the sense of being nostalgic for the medieval theologico-political order.

Still, the drift is clear: It took considerable courage to try to do this: Hence its vision is necessarily dim in comparison with either Greek or Biblical thinking.

Hans Blumenberg: The Legitimacy of the Modern Age

Here the discussion becomes much more detailed and exegetical than in earlier portions of the book, and I shall not try to summarise it. This is to say that it beats the only other two ways we know bout — the ancient attempt to find philosophical foundations, and the medieval attempt to find theological ones.


Blumenberg, The Legitimacy of the Modern Agefirst edition, ; second edition, significantly revised and enlarged, published between and We may therefore consider Christianity already to be a form of secularization—and, in return, that modernity cannot even claim the invention of secularization in its favor.

There is a significant difference between the simple notion of secularization and the general expression, just cited, which attempts to explain modernity in its entirety. It blumenbery 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.

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

Heidegger, the great master of nostalgia, kept gesturing towards those pre-Socratics whose one-liners left most legtiimacy for retranslation or, as he put it, the most open space for Being.

Philosophy of history is therefore secularized theology or indirect theology: He sees the medieval kodern as driven to insist on that omnipotence by the break which it had made with ancient thought. But it is an explicit and conscientious way of doing something that we all do, usually tacitly and carelessly. Sign in Create an account.

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Modernity as Questioning that Begins with Man Modernity does not, for Blumenberg as with Voegelincommit itself to a dogmatic rule.

Let us find out how they can be made to work for us.

It is enough that we should find a story which treats our predecessors neither as heroes nor as fools, but simply as fellow inquirers who lacked the advantages of hind sight. Most intellectuals still think that the most decisive step of all came in the 17th and 18th centuries, when we got out from under prejudice, superstition and the belief in God. PhilosophyHistory of philosophy.


References to this book The Ability to Mourn: Is modernity, in the words of Nietzsche, a high or a low civilization? The works of Hans Blumenberg fall generally within the category of a hermeneutic of metaphor. Blumenberg highlights what the notion of historical progress owes to the experience derived from the new discoveries. Blumenberg traces the further development blumengerg this excuse in discussions agf among others Galileo, Descartes, Voltaire, Boumenberg and Kant.

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This project Bluenberg understands retroactively: Austin Harrington – – Thesis Eleven 94 1: In fact, only rarely do the theoreticians of secularization, whether they be theologians or philosophers and in the German thought of the yearsit is often difficult to trace a precise boundary between the twooffer such brusque, direct condemnations.

The Retraction of the Socratic Turning. 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 interpreting what does in fact function as an answer to a question but does not represent itself as such an answer

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