Myth in History, Philosophy of History as Myth: On the Ambivalence of Hans Blumenberg’s Interpretation of Ernst Cassirer’s Theory of y Andrew. Blumenberg’s highly original theory of myth, outlined in the volume Work on Myth (; English translation ), distinguishes him as the. In , Hans Blumenberg began a minor revolution in the philosophy of .. In his Work on Myth, Hans Blumenberg’s explanation of mythology parallels his.

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The border between logos and myth is, according to Hanns, a fictive one. Hurley – – Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 96 1: Hans Blumenberg’s Reformulations of the Absolute.

Digging under apparently meaningless anecdotes of the history of occidental thought and literature, Blumenberg drew a map of the expressions, examples, gestures, that flourished in the discussions of what are thought to be more important matters. In Blumenberg’s many inquiries into the history of philosophy the threshold of the late Middle Ages and the early Renaissance provides a focal point Legitimacy of the Modern Age and The Genesis of the Copernican World.

Ellwood – – Continuum. Workshop at the University of London organized in cooperation with the Centre for European Philosophy About the workshop In recent years, the phenomenon of political myth has attracted increasing scholarly attention. Towards a Philosophy of Political Myth.

Retrieved from ” https: The workshop will focus on the importance of the work of Hans Blumenberg in relation to these questions and will offer close readings and interpretations of two recently published texts from the Blumenberg Nachlass: Blumenberg, so Nicholls tells us, found that while other organisms adapt to their situations through instincts associated with natural selection, a large part of human adaption is cultural, and is constituted by the construction of stories.


Blumenberg asserts that as long as there are elements of external reality that resist the wishes of humankind, there will always be a place for myth within human thought. The idea of ‘absolute metaphors’ turns out to be of decisive importance for the ideas of a culture, such as the metaphor of light as truth in Neo-Platonism, to be found in the hermeneutics of Martin Heidegger and Hans-Georg Gadamer.

Blumenberg’s work was of a predominantly historical nature, characterized by his great philosophical and theological learning, and by the precision and pointedness of his writing style.

University of Antwerp – Hans Blumenberg and the Theory of Political Myth

Views Read Edit View history. Key Concepts in Philosophy. The division of the powers of nature into the polytheistic pantheon of myth, says Nicholls, summarising Blumenberg, enables these powers to be tamed and makes them accessible through mythic images and stories. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article has no associated abstract. Science Logic and Mathematics.

Inspired by amongst others Ernst Cassirer ‘s functional perspective on the history of ideas and philosophy, and the concomitant view of a rearrangement within the spiritual relationships specific to an epoch, Blumenberg rejects the substantialism of historical continuity — blmuenberg to the so-called ‘theorem of secularization’; the Modern age in his view represents an independent epoch opposed to Antiquity and the Middle Ages by a rehabilitation of human curiosity in reaction to theological absolutism.

Book Review: ‘Hans Blumenberg on Myth and the Human Sciences.’ – History of The Human Sciences

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The critical history of concepts may thus serve the depotentiation of metaphorical power.


He was excluded from the formal part of nlumenberg celebrations at secondary school: Narrative, Nanotechnology and the Accomplishment of Public Responses: He received the postdoctoral habilitation inwith a dissertation on ‘Ontological Distance, an Inquiry into the Crisis of Edmund Husserl ‘s Phenomenology ‘Die ontologische Distanz: Castoriadis and the Non-Subjective Field: His mentor during these years was Ludwig Landgrebe. Sign in to use this feature.

Work on Myth

Blumenberg’s interpretations are extremely unpredictable and personal, all full of signs, indications and suggestions, sometimes ironic. Kirk Wetters – – Telos: Myth in History, Philosophy of History as Myth: The distinctness and meaning of these metaphors constitute the perception of reality as a whole, a necessary prerequisite for human orientation, thought and blunenberg.

The founding idea of this first text was further developed in works on the metaphors of light in theories of knowledge, of being in navigation Shipwreck with Spectatorsand the metaphors of books and reading. But what does it mean to create significance, as a specific dimension woro political communication or political action? Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy.