Hans Blumenberg was a German philosopher and intellectual historian. He studied philosophy, German studies and the classics and is considered to be one of. Hans Blumenberg, Arbeit am Mythos, Frankfurt, (Work on Myth, trans. Robert M. Wallace, Cambridge, ). Review by Denis Trierweiler. It may be that. Reviews: Hans Blumenberg, Arbeit am Mythos, Frankfurt, (Work on Myth, trans. Robert M. Wallace, Cambridge, )1. Show all authors.

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The idea of ‘absolute metaphors’ turns out to be of decisive importance for the ideas of a culture, such as the metaphor of light as truth in Neo-Platonism, to be found in the hermeneutics of Martin Heidegger and Hans-Georg Gadamer.

Trierweiler – – Archives de Philosophie 67 2: Peter Lothar Oesterreich – Science Logic and Mathematics. Blumenbergs ‘arbeit am mythos’. Mythos and Epeisodion in the Poetics of Aristotle.

Edit this record Mark as duplicate Export citation Find it on Scholar Request removal from index Translate to english Revision history. Blumenberg’s work was of a predominantly historical nature, characterized by his great philosophical and theological learning, and by the precision and pointedness of his writing style.

Hans Blumenberg

Robert Savage – – Thesis Eleven 94 1: During Blumenberg’s lifetime he was a member of the Senate of the German Research Foundationa professor at several universities has Germany and a joint founder of the research group “Poetics and Hermeneutics”.

Ollig – – Theologie Und Philosophie 56 1: Hans Blumenberg’s Theory of MythRoutledgep. The Evolution of an Imperial Idea. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Views Blumenberb Edit View history. Blumenberg greatly despised the years which he claimed had been stolen from him by the Nazis.

Hans Blumenberg’s Theory of Nonconceptuality. Reflecting his studies of Husserl, Blumenberg’s work concludes that in the last resort our potential scientific enlightenment finds its own subjective and anthropological limit in the fact that we are constantly falling back upon the imagery of our contemplations.


This context is of decisive importance for Blumenberg’s idea of absolute metaphors. This entry has no external links.

Der Mythos Vom Zivilisationsprozess. Whereas metaphors originally were a means of illustrating the reality of an issue, giving form to understanding, they were later to tend towards a mytjos existence, in the sciences as elsewhere. The Legitimacy of the Modern Age. 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.

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Alphons van Dijk – – Bijdragen 46 4: The Legibility of the World bkumenberg, Sign in to use this feature. Above all, it is a warning against the force of revealed truth, and for the beauty of a world in confusion. Retrieved from ” https: The Paths of Civilization: Marchal – – In Fritz Graf ed.

Hans Blumenberg – Wikipedia

The critical history of concepts may thus serve the depotentiation of metaphorical power. In his later works Arbeeit on Myth, Out of the Cave Blumenberg, guided by Arnold Gehlen ‘s view of man as a frail and finite being in need of certain auxiliary ideas in order to face the “Absolutism of Reality” and its overwhelming power, increasingly underlined the anthropological background of his ideas: The distinctness and meaning of these metaphors constitute the perception of reality as a whole, a necessary prerequisite for human orientation, thought and action.

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Sign in Create an account. Blumenberg created what has arrbeit to be called ‘metaphorology’, which states that what lies under metaphors and language modisms, is the nearest to the truth and the farthest from ideologies.

The early text “Paradigms for a Metaphorology” explicates the idea of ‘absolute metaphors’, by way of examples from the history of ideas and philosophy. Hans Peter Duerr – Inspired by amongst others Ernst Cassirer ‘s functional perspective on the history of ideas and philosophy, and the concomitant view of a rearrangement within the spiritual relationships specific to an epoch, Blumenberg rejects the substantialism of historical continuity — fundamental to the so-called ‘theorem of secularization’; the Modern age in his view represents an independent epoch opposed to Antiquity and the Middle Ages by mjthos rehabilitation of human curiosity in reaction to theological absolutism.


Trierweiler – – Diogenes 46 His friend Odo Marquard reports that after the war, Blumenberg slept only six times a week in order to make up for lost time. He received the postdoctoral habilitation hanearbeig a dissertation on ‘Ontological Distance, an Inquiry into the Crisis of Edmund Husserl ‘s Phenomenology ‘Die ontologische Distanz: Understanding the Currents of History.

Arbeit am Mythos : Hans Blumenberg :

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. In Blumenberg’s many inquiries into the history of philosophy the threshold of the mytos Middle Ages and the early Renaissance provides a focal point Legitimacy of the Modern Age and The Genesis of the Copernican World.

Blumenberg’s interpretations are extremely unpredictable and personal, all full of signs, indications and suggestions, sometimes ironic. 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 Spectatorsand the metaphors of books and reading.