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-. 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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Preludes to a Future Overstepping of Limits. 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.

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Blumenberg traces the further development of this excuse in discussions of among others Galileo, Descartes, Voltaire, Hume and Kant.

On the contrary, there is a moral earnestness about the book which is extremely impressive. Carlyle gestured towards some contented peasants working the lands of a kindly medieval abbot. If legitijacy modern age was not the monologue beginning at point zero, of the absolute subject — as it pictures itself — but rather the system of efforts to answer in a new context questions that were posed to man in the Middle Ages, then this would entail new standards for interpreting what does in fact function as an answer to a question but does not represent itself as such an answer What we want, on this view, is acknowledgment of discontinuity and open-endedness and contingency, rather than either nostalgia or exuberance.


The controversy between Carl Schmitt and Hans Blumenberg constitutes one episode ths the long-term, many-faceted debate over secularization. Legitimacy of the Modern Age?: The Supposed Migration of the Attribute of Infinity 7 7. Michael Rosen – – Inquiry: The Ability to Mourn: It should not be thought, however, that Blumenberg wants to revive Enlightenment scientism.

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I will have to bind the book again. Everything has been thought out anew.

I got this as an ex library book. On the contrary, it began with a desire to pry into the unknown, to know for oneself what was hidden legitimqcy with a Gnostic theological grounding that makes God hidden from the world.


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At the same time, the anthropological framing conditions for a technologized life world are here at issue. Blumenberg shows that it was ultimately the Church, in allowing astronomy as one of the topics to be studied, while forbidding others curiosity itself was considered a sin, an ‘extra-vagance’, meaning, ‘going outside the path’provided the very possibility that led to secularization of the modern age. Ockham urged that there was no reason knowable to man why God actualised this possible world rather than another.

These answers consisted in variations on the claim that the point of our lives lies in our contribution to an infinite task — the acquisition of Baconian knowledge-as-power, the satisfaction of theoretical curiosity — which lies before the species as a whole.

Blumenberg, with his astonishing scholarship and intellectual prowess makes it clear that, intentionally or not, much of what passed for pious and official christian theology during the middle ages actually had very little to do with “religion” per se Christ’s ethical teachingand everything to do with Greek philosophy, especially Aristotle’s, under the guise of church dogma.

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