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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Against Belatedness

What we want, on this view, is acknowledgment of discontinuity and open-endedness and contingency, rather than either nostalgia or exuberance. Modernity does not, for Blumenberg as with Voegelincommit itself to a dogmatic rule. Find it on Scholar. 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.

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.

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.

Lots of us occasionally gesture legitomacy the direction of the lost world in which our parents or our grandparents told us they grew up. The idea of secularization first contains the notion of loss, deprivation or decline. A Systematic Comparison of the Epochal Crisis of. In short, secularism is an illusion, blumenbery modernity a myth. 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 independently capable of opening itself to a universe of possibilities.


The critique advanced by Blumenberg is not directed towards the very descriptive thesis by which it is claimed that a process of secularization has taken place in the modern era. Religion in the Public Sphere. Pippin – – History of the Human Sciences 6 4: His hermeneutic, on the contrary, is centered upon the self-understanding which an era constructs for itself out of its own situation within history—this is, moreover, a hermeneutic bias which he shares with Voegelin to a certain extent.

Blumenberg, The Legitimacy of the Modern Agefirst edition, ; second edition, significantly revised and enlarged, published between and Let us find out how they can be made to work for fo. Considerations on the Work of Hans Blumenberg.

Progress Exposed as Fate. Modernity does agge innovate, but does the same thing, although less well, as the theological Middle Ages of which it is the heir. Liberal political theology is therefore caught in a stranglehold.

The depreciatory qge of the category is at that moment broadened into a global condemnation of modernity: Hans Blumenberg Thierry Gontier Voegelin. Kirk Wetters – – Telos: 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.

Status of the Concept. Blumenberg criticizes none of these uses, techniques, or arguments.

Hans Blumenberg: The Legitimacy of the Modern Age

The Indifference of Epicuruss Gods. Thus the picture of its own origins and possibility in history that the epoch of rationality made for itself remained peculiarly irrational. Ockham urged that there was no reason knowable to man why God actualised this possible world rather than another. This project Bluenberg understands retroactively: From this point of view, the virtues of the citizen are those legihimacy the Christian, namely humility, obedience and patience.


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 legigimacy. Must We Return to Moral Realism?

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Thus, for the latter, to whom Blumenberg devotes the fifth chapter of the first part of The Legitimacy of the Modern Ageand whose standpoint might sometimes appear to be quite blumenerg to that of Blumenberg himself, modern secularization has had a positive effect in theology, since it has completed the task of theodicy: The history of modern thought must be understood agf as the realization of an absolute, nor as the historicization of the absolute, but as a departure from the very problem of the absolute through the development of mankind.

Paradoxally, for Blumenberg, it is the very concept of legitimation through historical heritage which is disposed of by modernity; the latter does not, therefore. From this point of view, modernity does indeed constitute an escape from the theological, and not a lebitimacy of the theological into a form of mundane theology.

What is a Miracle? The Legitimacy of the Modern Age.

He has translated eight hundred pages of very tough German as lucidly as literalness permits.