Hans Blumenberg is professor of philosophy at the University ofMünster. The Legitimacy of the Modern Age is included in the series Studies in Contemporary. which launched the Lowith-Blumenberg debate over the nature of secularization and the legitimacy of the modern age. ‘ The widespread discussion the book. Blumenberg. Hans. The legitimacy of the modern age. (Sruclies in contemporary German social thoughtl. Translation of. Die Legitimitlit der Nemeit. 2nd rev. ed.

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A secular religion e. This project Bluenberg understands retroactively: What is a Miracle?

Mocern Blumenberg also, history is a field open to blumdnberg possibility of exceeding itself. However, in reality, those values were not posited as absolutes by modernity itself. In short, Schmitt is not a pre-modern. The most immediately striking arguments are methodological in og More generally, for Blumenberg, every discourse of deification, infinitization, and of absolutization of the world, history, the state, 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 have been only a stage in the shaping of modernity.

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To say that B is the secularization of A and it hte only at this semantic level that the notion of secularization acquires a transitive useis to say that B is A minus something—or that B is A deprived of the dimension of transcendence. At the end of his Political Theology ofhe pushes its egotistic and diabolical character to an extreme, not, however, without demonstrating a degree of fascination for this type of nihilism. It is, moreover, impossible for us ever to escape from the theological.


The genesis of the modern notion of infinity is analyzed in the first and fourth parts of the The Tje of the Modern Ageas well as in the The Genesis of moderh Copernican World.

Hans Blumenberg: The Legitimacy of the Modern Age

The Supposed Migration of the Attribute of Infinity 7 7. Modern Instrumentalization of Theory and the Problem of Measure. This borrowing also creates a debt in its turn, even if that debt is more often than not difficult to express in normative terms: The idea of secularization first contains the notion of loss, deprivation or decline.

Log In Register for Online Access. The Legitimacy of the Modern Age. Michael Rosen – ,egitimacy Inquiry: Is modernity, in the words of Nietzsche, a high or a low civilization?

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Since then we have been becoming freer and freer thanks to the developing natural sciences, the proliferation of new artistic forms, increasingly democratic political institutions, and similar aids to self-confidence, necessary for life in a Godless universe. Blumenberg, The Legitimacy of the Modern Age legitiamcy, first edition, ; second edition, significantly revised and enlarged, published between and He, however, remains an anti-modern in the sense that modernity is defined as the liberation of blumebnerg in relation to the theological, or, according to the definition of the Enlightenment given by Kant, in his essay What is Enlightenment?

Using this general method of hermeneutics of metaphor, Blumenberg attempts to identify ruptures within the history of thought beneath the apparent continuities.

In any case, if he is, he notes the impossibility of returning to the politics of the old theocratic schemata. 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 Drama of Humanity Volume Such a hermeneutic is also a hermeneutic of suspicion. 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, revealed as hidden, etc.

The lesson of that experience is that science is not a closed field, limited by the Pillars of Hercules established by the great models in the past.

Historical progress is not for Blumenberg a secularization of Judaeo-Christian eschatology, in the sense of the creation of a secular religion or of the reinvesting of religious energy in a worldly object.

Let us find out how they can be made to work for us. If it is coherent with itself, liberal modernity tends towards atheism. References to this book The Ability to Mourn: He sees the medieval period as driven to insist on that omnipotence by the break which it had made with ancient thought.

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. Reeder Jr – – Journal of Religious Ethics 38 1: The same may be said of the notion of the infinity of historical progress. Blumenberg traces the further development of this excuse in discussions of among others Galileo, Descartes, Voltaire, Hume and Kant. Carlyle gestured towards some contented peasants working the lands of a kindly medieval abbot.

Progress Exposed as Fate. The epochal turning is an imperceptible frontier, bound to no crucial date or event.