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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The Supposed Migration of the Attribute of Infinity 7 7. He has translated eight hundred pages of very tough German as lucidly as literalness permits. The genesis of the modern notion of infinity is analyzed in the first boumenberg fourth parts of the The Legitimacy of the Modern Ageas well as in the The Genesis of the Copernican World. It is tempting to see in the modern representation of sovereignty, defined, since Jean Bodin, as absolute power, a transposition of the potentia absoluta Dei.

Ockham urged that there was no reason knowable to man why God actualised this possible world rather than another.

However—and this is the crux of the matter—atheism itself is not an escape route from theology. Kirk Wetters – – Telos: Another example of a misinterpreted act of modernity is that of the modern state conceived as a secularization of the divine omnipotence. The recovery of paradise was not supposed to yield a transparent and familiar reality but only a tamed and obedient one.

Here Blumenberg seems to be 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. Status of legitimach Concept. For the claims to autonomy advanced by this modernity are no more than illusory; the modernity moddrn the Enlightenment is unable to liberate itself from the theological.

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.

It is to the credit of such post-Heideggerian philosophers as Derrida and Foucault that they avoid this insistence on the belatedness of the modern age. Using this general method of hermeneutics of metaphor, Blumenberg attempts to identify ruptures within the history of thought beneath the apparent continuities.


LMAI, 2, pp. 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 have been only a stage in legitomacy shaping of modernity. Critical Theory of the Kodern Sign in to annotate.

The question is no longer one of knowing how the constitutive evils of the human essence will find their ultimate meaning beyond the world to put it simply, the question of salvationbut whether, and how, those evils, which are only relative to a fixed period in the history of mankind and therefore contingentwill be, at least partially, reduced.

Rehearsing concepts put in place in the s and in a very different contextBlumenberg argues, against Schmitt, that self-legitimation is at best no more than a legalization in the same way that legal norms are, judicially speaking, established within a closed legal systemwhereas legitimization is constructed in reference to a heritage such as a custom, national sentiment, etc. This project Bluenberg understands retroactively: 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.

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Given this state of intellectual play, about the last thing one would modfrn 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 fact that Blumenberg undertakes a defense of modernity does not of course mean that he is seeking to agr the totalitarian domination of technical rationality over being, nor the religion of progress and the mundane eschatologies which accompany them, nor still the philosophy of subjectivity and the resultant solipsistic confinement of Mankind—to take some of the principal criticisms leveled at modernity since the s.

Let us find out how they can be made to work for us. 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. The self-government of society, and the autonomy of Man which underlies it, is not therefore in the final analysis, a lehitimacy, but truly the limit of modernity.


Those of us who agree with Nietzsche and Heidegger that the philosophical tradition is pretty well played out, with Carlyle and Foucault that the arts and the sciences have not been unmixed blessings, and with Marxists that we should not believe what the lying capitalist press tells us about the modern world, but whose highest hopes are still those of Mill, now have a champion.

Sign in to use this feature. An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 34 2: 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.

Hans Blumenberg: The Legitimacy of the Modern Age

Chains that easy to break cannot count as bondage. Let us consider an example—that of history understood as secularization of eschatology.

Considerations on the Work of Hans Blumenberg. Modernity is thus the reply to a question to which the Middle Ages were unable to respond; and since replying to a question also generally involves changing its formulation, we may say that modernity is also and above all else a reformulation of the ag posed during the theological age through the use of new terms. Sign in via your Institution.

It took considerable courage to try to do this: Or, if not exactly a champion, at least somebody whose upbeat history we can cite against those who revel in belatedness, and against those who fear that telling big sweeping geistesgeschichtlich stories will reinforce our bad old midern urges.

It is not a response to eternal theological problems by mankind in the sense that Man, and not Blumenbert, would form the reply to these questionsbut rather a questioning which begins with Man and the legitimate confidence which he may have in his rational powers. This act peculiar to modernity consists in the self-affirmation or self-positioning of Man and his techno-rational power, understood as a demiurgic power not limited to the predetermined world of possibilities, but blumenbdrg capable of opening itself to a universe of possibilities.

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