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Hans Blumenberg is professor of philosophy at the University ofMünster. The Legitimacy of the Modern Age is included in the series Studies in Contemporary. which launched the Lowith-Blumenberg debate over the nature of secularization and the legitimacy of the modern age. ‘ The widespread discussion the book. 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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Modernity does not constitute an epoch, since it generates no new values. Let us retain two essential points of the Blumenberg critique, which is, it must be said, one of the rare critiques, along with that of Voegelin, to have confronted moderj Schmittian project from a conceptual standpoint.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Must We Return to Moral Realism? We have become accustomed to this, especially since the Krisis of Husserl, and even more so since the great texts of Heidegger and everything which has ensued from it. From this point of view, the virtues of the citizen are those of the Christian, namely humility, obedience and patience. The Rhetoric of Secularizations.

It is a good grounding to the various movements in Vienna during the critical period between Behind these apparently historical questions another lies hidden, namely, the relief from the anxiety tbe that modernity through the recovery of the intellectual act by which modernity was inaugurated.

This loss, however, takes place against a background of continuity. Four Chapters on the Concept of Sovereignty, 3, trans. At worst, it takes refuge in the political incoherence of democratic monarchy, oegitimacy secular translation also incoherent and contradictory of the theology of the Deus sive natura.

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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. The recovery of paradise was not supposed to yield a transparent and familiar reality but only a tamed and obedient one. The genesis of the modern notion of midern is analyzed in the first and fourth parts of the The Legitimacy of the Modern Ageas well as in the The Genesis of the Copernican World.


Rehearsing concepts put in place in glumenberg s and in a very different contextBlumenberg argues, against Schmitt, that self-legitimation is at best no more than a legalization in the same way that moderrn norms are, judicially speaking, established within a closed legal systemwhereas legitimization is constructed in reference to a heritage such as a custom, national sentiment, etc.

Is it in particular a substitute for Christian theology or the moment at which values are created?

Hans Blumenberg: The Legitimacy of the Modern Age

Preparations for a Conversion and Models for the. The works of Hans Blumenberg fall generally within the category of a hermeneutic of metaphor.

Hans Blumenberg and the Intellectual History of Technics. Let us consider an example—that of history understood as secularization of eschatology.

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The Legitimacy of the Modern Age. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Find it on Scholar. Adele Santana – – Journal of Business Ethics 2: It is tempting to see in the modern representation of sovereignty, defined, since Jean Bodin, as absolute power, a transposition letitimacy the potentia absoluta Dei. Given this state of intellectual play, about the last thing one would expect to come down the pike is a great sweeping history of the course of European thought, built on the Hegel-Heidegger scale, which has Francis Bacon as one of its heroes, speaks well of the Enlightenment of all periodsand suggests that the future lies of all directions ahead.

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.

He sees the medieval legitimacj as driven to insist on that omnipotence by the break which it had made with ancient thought. It is not what it claims to be, namely an escape from religion and the liberation of mankind—it is in truth no more than the continuation of religion by new means.

For secularization may well adopt the appearance of a legitimizing discourse. 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 leggitimacybut whether, and how, those evils, which are only relative to a fixed period in the history of mankind moderh therefore contingentwill be, at least partially, reduced.

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Everything has been thought out anew. Philosophical Studiestransl. Liberal political theology is therefore caught in a stranglehold.


But this rejection leaves theoretical curiosity without excuse. On the contrary, there is a moral earnestness about the book which is extremely impressive. The Indifference of Epicuruss Gods. It has not always meant that our curiosity about how things work is jodern essential and laudable part of us. On this view, we are just not with it if our highest social hopes are, for example, that Somozas and Castros will be replaced by Allendes, that larger numbers of people will lead longer, more leisured lives, and that we shall eventually get solar lefitimacy and nuclear disarmament.

The second scene of this confrontation with Schmitt relates to the meaning of the self-affirmation of human reason, understood simultaneously by Blumenberg as the founding act of modernity and that by legifimacy modernity is legitimized as a new epoch.

The Myth of the Closure of any Political Theologypostcript, trans. In fact, only rarely do the theoreticians of secularization, whether they be theologians or philosophers and in the German thought of the yearsit is often difficult to trace a precise boundary between the twooffer such brusque, direct condemnations. The Enlightenment was, indeed, wrong to see tne as the discovery of the true, ahistorical framework of human existence — as the first occasion on which humans had seen themselves as of they truly were.

Blumenberg shows himself to be fundamentally a liberal at this point. Liberals are for Schmitt no more than weak and fearful Bakuninians or Leninists and Schmitt does not in return hide his fascination with authentic nihilist radicals. It is, moreover, impossible for legitimaxy ever to escape from the theological.

The latter begins in the first part and continues in moderm books that follow, with an analysis of the notions of Gnosticism, intellectual curiosity, and epochal threshold.

This left us no alternative but Baconian pragmatism: It does not incorporate Man within a transcendent perspective, but within a perspective of immanence. The Ability to Mourn: This is to say that it beats the only other two ways we know bout — the ancient attempt to find philosophical foundations, and the medieval attempt to find theological ones.