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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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.

References to this book The Ability to Mourn: James Chappel – – Modern Intellectual History 8 3: 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.

Hans Blumenberg: The Legitimacy of the Modern Age

Our Tenth Year Anniversary! From then on, the burden of proof was on those who like St Thomas Aquinas thought that Aristotle was not wholly wrong, and that curiosity might not be simply a vice the excitation of an unruly member, the inquiring eye as homologue of the pushy penis.

Blumenberg takes very seriously indeed the episcopal condemnation of St Thomas for having cast doubt on divine omnipotence, interpreting it as an indictment for curiositas.

Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice. Blumenberg wants to make a virtue of what the Romantics rightly diagnosed as a necessity for those who think of empirical science as the paradigmatic human activity: 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.

According to this hermeneutic, the present is the presentation of an alienated legotimacy the ambiguity upon which the Heideggerian Ereignis draws, namely, that that which is hidden is simultaneously revealed, revealed as hidden, etc. The second scene of this confrontation with Schmitt relates to the meaning of blumennberg self-affirmation of human reason, understood simultaneously by Blumenberg as the founding act of modernity and that by legitimaacy modernity is legitimized as a new epoch. Another example of a misinterpreted act of modernity is that of the modern state conceived as a secularization of the divine omnipotence.


Interest in Invisible Things ,odern the World. 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 close to that of Blumenberg himself, modern secularization has had a positive effect in theology, since it has completed the task of theodicy: It is, moreover, impossible for us ever to escape from the theological.

In short, Schmitt is not a pre-modern. This gives rise to highly tortuous forms of discourse on the subject of secularization, such as that of Rudolf Bultmann, amongst the theologians, or of Odo Marquard for the philosophers.

It is successful because it acknowledges the weight of original sin, which at the political level is expressed through the inability of Man to govern himself and to establish a world of universal peace. This borrowing also creates a debt in its turn, even if that debt is more often than not difficult to express in normative terms: 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 history of modern thought must be understood not 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. 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 questions posed during the theological age through the use of new terms.

Time enough to think of some new metaphysics or institutions or language when we have gotten rid of the old.

An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 34 2: Badly-educated English-speaking philosophers like myself the kind who read long books in German only if they absolutely have to, non sine ira et studio owe a great deal to Robert Wallace.

Julian Joseph Potter – – Thesis Eleven 1: Heidegger and Blumenberg on Modernity. When people who take this line are asked what alternative concepts they would recommend, they usually reply that the question is premature.

The search for a set of instruments for man that would be usable in any possible world provides the criterion for the elementary exertions of the modern age; the mathematising and the materialising of nature.


Blumenberg shows himself to be fundamentally a liberal at this point. More generally, for Blumenberg, every discourse of deification, infinitization, and of absolutization of the world, history, the state, etc.

Science Logic and Mathematics. To say that B is the secularization of A and it is 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. Kirk Wetters – – Telos: Home Articles Hans Blumenberg: It is also, for Blumenberg, a question of going beyond the aestheticization of Schmitt and Heidegger amongst others in order to uncover the true meaning of modernity, which is, undoubtedly, an assertion of reason, but a reason which remains concerned about its own potential whilst turning its back against any absolutizing rationalist excess.

LMAIV, 2, p. Should it recognize this descendance in its constitutional preambles?

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Sign in to use this feature. The recovery of paradise was not supposed to yield a transparent and familiar reality but only a tamed and obedient one. The Legitimacy of the Modern Age. Modern Instrumentalization of Theory and the Problem of Measure. 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.

Here are the new concepts you need. Modernity as Questioning that Begins with Man Jodern does not, for Blumenberg as with Voegelincommit itself to a dogmatic rule.

Does this represent a reinstatement of the lost link with a premodern theology or the movement of the project of autonomy proclaimed by modernity towards its fulfilment? A secular religion e. Alberto Fragio – – Logos. His hermeneutic, on the contrary, is centered upon the self-understanding which an era constructs for itself out of its own situation bluumenberg history—this is, moreover, a hermeneutic bias which he shares with Voegelin to a certain extent.

Instead, Blumenberg argues,the idea bluemnberg progress At the core of the controversy is modetn question of how modern science on the one hand and rational law on the other hand can be differentiated as autonomous realms.

Considerations on the Work of Hans Blumenberg. LMAI, 2, pp.