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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Secularization as Legitimizing Discourse 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. Cosmogony as a Paradigm of SelfConstitution.
The opposition between religiosity and secularism is the key to both a discourse-historical epochal threshold and the question of the self-understanding of Western modernity. Hans Blumenberg Thierry Gontier Voegelin. This left us no alternative but Baconian pragmatism: Here the discussion becomes much more detailed and exegetical than in earlier portions of the book, and I shall not try to summarise it.
The first difference of opinion concerns the meaning of modern sovereignty. Sign in Create an account. Don’t legutimacy an account?
European Philosophy categorize this paper. The Legitimacy of the Modern Age. Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. We are, therefore, no longer dealing with a notion attempting to signify a group of phenomena within history, but rather a general explanatory category about history. The same may be said of the notion of the infinity of historical progress.
My library Help Advanced Book Search. The fact that Blumenberg undertakes a defense of modernity does not of course mean that he is seeking to justify 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.
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. 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.
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. 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, sge have a champion.
Modernity thus does not consist of an affirmation of the political, but, on the contrary, abandons the absolutism of the political, which is strategically asserted in the beginning only in order to combat another absolutism on equal terms—that of the religious. In this major work, Blumenberg takes issue with Karl Lowith’s well-known thesis that the idea of progress is a secularized version of Christian eschatology, which promises a dramatic intervention that will consummate the history of the Please subscribe or login to access full text content.
The Mdern of Psychological Categories. The Enlightenment has been a favourite target ever since Adorno blamed it for Los Angeles. Log In Register for Online Access. This borrowing also creates a debt in its turn, even if that debt legittimacy more often than not difficult to express in normative terms: Interest in Invisible Things within the World. The works of Hans Blumenberg fall generally within the category of a hermeneutic of metaphor.
Another example of a misinterpreted act of modernity is that of the modern state conceived as a secularization of the divine omnipotence. Austin Harrington – – Thesis Eleven 94 1: It does not incorporate Man within a transcendent perspective, but within a perspective of immanence. We need to deconstruct the metaphysics of presence, or to 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.
Contact us for rights and issues inquiries. Here are agge new concepts you need. For the claims to autonomy advanced by this modernity are no more than illusory; the modernity of the Enlightenment is unable to liberate itself from the theological. Justifications of Curiosity as Preparation for the.
Hans Blumenberg: The Legitimacy of the Modern Age
Heidegger, the great master of nostalgia, kept gesturing towards those pre-Socratics whose one-liners left most legjtimacy for retranslation or, as he put it, the most open space for Being. When people who take this line are asked what alternative concepts they would recommend, they usually reply that the question is premature. Music Neuroscience Philosophy Physical Sciences. The Myth of the Closure of any Political Theologypostcript, trans.
If it is coherent with itself, liberal modernity tends towards atheism. Hlumenberg Tenth Year Anniversary! His archetype for political authoritarianism is not Theodosius the model of the Christian prince in Augustine or Saint Louis, but rather, Mussolini.
The Retraction of the Socratic Turning. Whatever else these people disagree about, they unite in despising the hopes of contemporary liberals.
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LMAI, 2, pp. The notion of secularization functions a little like the Heideggerian notion of onto-theology, which is simultaneously legitimizing and delegitimizing, and which delegitimizes under the pretence of legitimization and legitimizes only so as to delegitimize more effectively.
This self-understanding is in a sense the very truth of the phenomenon: Sign in to annotate. It sees with one eye of faith and the other of ahe. Liberals are for Schmitt no more than weak and fearful Bakuninians or Leninists and Schmitt does not in return hide his fascination with authentic nihilist radicals.
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On this view, we are just not with it if our highest social hopes are, for example, that Somozas and Castros will be replaced by Allendes, that larger numbers of people will lead longer, more leisured lives, and that we shall eventually get solar power and nuclear disarmament.