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Hans Blumenberg: An Introduction

Hannes Bajohr, Florian Fuchs, and Joe Paul Kroll

in History, Metaphors, Fables: A Hans Blumenberg Reader

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501732829
eISBN:
9781501748004
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501732829.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This introductory chapter provides a background of philosopher Hans Blumenberg. In the quarter-century since his death, Blumenberg has become a modern classic in his native Germany, making him one of ... More


Translators’ Afterword

Hans Blumenberg

in St. Matthew Passion

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9781501705809
eISBN:
9781501759079
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501705809.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter uses philosopher Hans Blumenberg's writing to analyze the Gospel of Matthew and the setting of its Passion to music by Johann Sebastian Bach. Learnedness and digression in the exegesis ... More


Metaphorologies: Nietzsche, Blumenberg, and Hegel

Christopher D. Johnson

in Memory, Metaphor, and Aby Warburg's Atlas of Images

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801477423
eISBN:
9780801464065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801477423.003.0005
Subject:
Art, Art History

This chapter deepens and complicates the discussion of metaphor by turning to Nietzsche, Blumenberg, and Hegel, who variously describe how metaphor helps us negotiate the conflicting claims of ... More


Of Nonunderstanding: Glosses on Three Fables (1984)

Hans Blumenberg

in History, Metaphors, Fables: A Hans Blumenberg Reader

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501732829
eISBN:
9781501748004
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501732829.003.0025
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter reflects on Hans Blumenberg's “Of Nonunderstanding: Glosses on Three Fables” (1984). The first fable is “The Pauper's Coin.” Blumenberg read this fable as a hint about how important it ... More


Hans Blumenberg’s Reoccupational Model: Conceptual Transformation

María Pía Lara

in The Disclosure of Politics: Struggles Over the Semantics of Secularization

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231162807
eISBN:
9780231535045
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231162807.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter examines Hans Blumenberg's account of secularization in his book The Legitimacy of the Modern Age. The manuscript was first written in 1966, but following critical responses from Karl ... More


Blumenberg’s Second Model: The Persistence of Mythical Narratives

María Pía Lara

in The Disclosure of Politics: Struggles Over the Semantics of Secularization

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231162807
eISBN:
9780231535045
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231162807.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter examines Hans Blumenberg's second model of how humans cope with existential angst. The model is not concerned with translations or reoccupations; instead it focuses on myth. Blumberg ... More


Unknown Aesopica: From Newly Found Fables (1985)

Hans Blumenberg

in History, Metaphors, Fables: A Hans Blumenberg Reader

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501732829
eISBN:
9781501748004
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501732829.003.0026
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter reviews the production of fables in Hans Blumenberg's “Unknown Aesopica: From Newly Found Fables” (1985). Aesop was — if he ever really existed — a slave. Based on his origin, he is ... More


Light as a Metaphor for Truth: At the Preliminary Stage of Philosophical Concept Formation (1957)

Hans Blumenberg

in History, Metaphors, Fables: A Hans Blumenberg Reader

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501732829
eISBN:
9781501748004
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501732829.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter assesses Hans Blumenberg's essay, “Light as a Metaphor for Truth” (1957). With this essay, Blumenberg formulated the seed of the project for which he is, at least in Germany, best known: ... More


An Anthropological Approach to the Contemporary Significance of Rhetoric: (1971)

Hans Blumenberg

in History, Metaphors, Fables: A Hans Blumenberg Reader

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501732829
eISBN:
9781501748004
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501732829.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter describes Hans Blumenberg's first tentative reflection on the topic of philosophical anthropology, which was “An Anthropological Approach to the Contemporary Significance of Rhetoric” ... More


Introduction

Victoria Kahn

in The Future of Illusion: Political Theology and Early Modern Texts

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780226083872
eISBN:
9780226083902
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226083902.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The introduction proposes that the missing term in contemporary debates about political theology is poiesis, understood as the view advanced by Hobbes and Vico that we can only know what we make ... More


Introduction to Paradigms for a Metaphorology: (1960)

Hans Blumenberg

in History, Metaphors, Fables: A Hans Blumenberg Reader

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501732829
eISBN:
9781501748004
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501732829.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter addresses Hans Blumenberg's introduction to Paradigms for a Metaphorology (1960). The introduction outlines possible theoretical foundations for a metaphorology — most importantly Kant — ... More


Finitude, Infinity

in On Borrowed Time: The Art and Economy of Living with Deadlines

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226886015
eISBN:
9780226886039
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226886039.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter discusses conceptions of the finite and infinite through the works of Aristotle, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Blaise Pascal, Emily Dickinson, Hans Blumenberg, and Odo Marquard.


The Face of the Contemporary: Lost World Fantasies of Finding Lot’s Wife

Lowell Gallagher

in Sodomscapes: Hospitality in the Flesh

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780823275205
eISBN:
9780823277247
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823275205.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

Chapter six examines a relatively unknown Victorian lost-world romance fantasy, Alfred Clark’s The Finding of Lot’s Wife (1896). The novel converts the legend of Lot’s wife, traditionally a ... More


“Secularization”: Critique of a Category of Historical Illegitimacy (1964)

Hans Blumenberg

in History, Metaphors, Fables: A Hans Blumenberg Reader

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501732829
eISBN:
9781501748004
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501732829.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter evaluates Hans Blumenberg's interpretation of the modern age, which is thrown into sharper relief in a text that would become the basis for his most famous book, The Legitimacy of the ... More


Observations Drawn from Metaphors: (1971)

Hans Blumenberg

in History, Metaphors, Fables: A Hans Blumenberg Reader

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501732829
eISBN:
9781501748004
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501732829.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter explores Hans Blumenberg's “Observations Drawn from Metaphors” (1971). This work is an attempt to update the metaphorological project by extending research matter from the tropes of ... More


Prospect for a Theory of Nonconceptuality: (1979)

Hans Blumenberg

in History, Metaphors, Fables: A Hans Blumenberg Reader

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501732829
eISBN:
9781501748004
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501732829.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter studies Hans Blumenberg's 1979 essay “Prospect for a Theory of Nonconceptuality.” He contends that nothing has changed in the function of metaphorology, but much about its reference — ... More


“Imitation of Nature”: Toward a Prehistory of the Idea of the Creative Being (1957)

Hans Blumenberg

in History, Metaphors, Fables: A Hans Blumenberg Reader

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501732829
eISBN:
9781501748004
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501732829.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter reviews Hans Blumenberg's “'Imitation of Nature': Toward a Prehistory of the Idea of the Creative Being” (1957). In this work, Blumenberg traces the consequences of the changes in the ... More


The Essential Ambiguity of the Aesthetic Object: (1966)

Hans Blumenberg

in History, Metaphors, Fables: A Hans Blumenberg Reader

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501732829
eISBN:
9781501748004
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501732829.003.0017
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter evaluates Hans Blumenberg's “The Essential Ambiguity of the Aesthetic Object” (1966). The predicament of any theory of art is captured in the truism that there is no accounting for ... More


World Pictures and World Models: (1961)

Hans Blumenberg

in History, Metaphors, Fables: A Hans Blumenberg Reader

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501732829
eISBN:
9781501748004
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501732829.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter examines Hans Blumenberg's speech “World Pictures and World Models,” which he gave after he was appointed full professor at the University of Gießen in 1960. In the modern age, the ... More


The Concept of Reality and the Theory of the State: (1968/1969)

Hans Blumenberg

in History, Metaphors, Fables: A Hans Blumenberg Reader

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501732829
eISBN:
9781501748004
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501732829.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter focuses on Hans Blumenberg's text, “The Concept of Reality and the Theory of the State,” which applies the concept of reality to political theory. The relationship of the state to the ... More


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