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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The search for a set of instruments moxern 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. Behind these apparently historical questions another lies hidden, legitimafy, the relief from the anxiety of that modernity through the recovery of the intellectual act by which modernity was inaugurated.

Ockham urged that there was no reason knowable to man why God actualised this possible world rather than another. We blumenber carry some potted intellectual history around with us, to be spooned out as needed.

At worst, it takes refuge in the political incoherence of democratic monarchy, a secular translation also incoherent and contradictory of the theology of the Deus sive natura.

Preludes to a Future Overstepping of Limits. Home Articles Hans Blumenberg: Blumenberg is far from believing that every phenomenon conceals what it truly is. It is a good grounding to the various movements in Vienna during the critical period between It took considerable courage to try to do this: Pippin – – History of the Human Sciences 6 4: It leads us to see the secularization of theological concepts in anything and everything and sometimes also their opposites.

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.

Let us consider an example—that of history understood as secularization of eschatology. The Enlightenment, as Blumenberg understands it, does not so much celebrate the triumph of rationality as set out in a discerning and concerned fashion the problems engendered by this new rationality.

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To rebel against God is not to escape religion. The Oxford Handbook of Carl Schmitt. LMAIV, 2, p. The German mode of gearing up to think about something — starting with the Greeks and working down through, for mdoern, Cicero, Galileo and Schelling before saying anything off your own bat — is easily parodied. He sees the medieval period as driven to insist on that omnipotence by the break which it had made with ancient thought. Ward, Polity, Bodmint Cornwall, pp.


It is an indication of courage, not of weakness or of self-deception. A secular religion e. Legitimacy is Not Authority.

Hans Blumenberg: The Legitimacy of the Modern Age

He, however, remains an anti-modern in the sense that modernity is defined as the liberation of mankind in relation to the theological, or, according to the definition of the Enlightenment given by Kant, in his essay What is Enlightenment? The belief that things might well get better and better the more technological mastery we acquire has almost vanished, even from the popular press.

Curiosity Is Enrolled in the Catalog of Vices. Contents Status of the Concept. In the end, only the state decisionism extolled bpumenberg Schmitt, based upon the relational commandment of simple obedience, represents a successful secular theology. Chains that easy to break cannot count as bondage.

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Although the scholarship is overwhelming and, like all scholarship, disputable and likely eventually to be correctedone never feels that a fact or a text has been dragged in so that the author can show off.

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 legifimacy.

Sign in via your Institution. He thinks that the Middle Ages reached a predestined crisis when the notion of Divine Omnipotence was thought through bblumenberg Ockham to its bitter end.

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Hans Blumenberg and the Intellectual History of Technics. Log In Register for Online Access. References to this book The Ability to Mourn: Modernity does not innovate, but does the same thing, although less well, as the theological Middle Ages of which it is the heir.


Sign in with your library card. 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.

Alberto Fragio – – Logos. 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. 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, for him, a question of substituting the study of the more hidden work of metaphors, symbols, moden myths for the traditional history of concepts and doctrines.

It blumenbberg legitimate due to the necessity which is born out of the impasse caused by the late medieval crisis, and by the failure of theology to answer the question which it itself had posed.

This left bluenberg no alternative but Baconian pragmatism: Kirk Wetters – – Telos: The legitimacy of our modern consciousness is simply that moodern is the best way we have so far found to give sense to our lives. It is enough that we moderh find a story which treats our predecessors neither as heroes nor as fools, but simply as fellow inquirers who lacked the advantages of hind sight.

Is modernity, in the words of Nietzsche, a high or a low civilization?

His archetype for political authoritarianism is not Theodosius the model of the Christian prince in Augustine or Saint Louis, but rather, Mussolini. The history of modern thought must be understood not as the realization of an absolute, nor as the historicization of the absolute, but as legitumacy departure from the very problem of the absolute through the development of mankind.

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