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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Towards a Philosophy of Political Myth. Hans Blumenberg’s Theory of MythRoutledgep.

Trierweiler – – Diogenes 46 After Blumenberg hahs his studies of philosophy, Germanistics and classical philology at the University of Hamburgand graduated in with a dissertation on the origin of the ontology of the Middle Ages, at the University of Kiel. This entry has no external links.

Hans Blumenberg

Hans Blumenberg’s Reformulations of the Absolute. His friend Odo Marquard reports that after the war, Blumenberg slept only six times a week in order to make up for lost time.

The workshop will focus on the importance of the work of Hans Blumenberg in relation to these questions blumneberg will offer close readings and interpretations of two recently published texts from the Blumenberg Nachlass: This phenomenon may range from the attempt to fully no the metaphor while losing sight of its illustrative function, to the experience of becoming immersed in metaphors influencing the seeming logicality of conclusions.

I am fully convinced that this book will become an important tool in research and teaching, not only on the twentieth-century German philosopher Hans Blumenberg but in the wider areas of myth and anthropology.

Work on Myth

European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 5: The border between logos and myth is, according to Blumenberg, a fictive one. In his later works Work on Myth, Out of the Cave Blumenberg, guided by Arnold Gehlen ‘s view of man as a frail and finite being in need of certain auxiliary ideas in order to face the “Absolutism of Reality” and its overwhelming power, increasingly underlined the anthropological background of his ideas: Reflecting his studies of Husserl, Blumenberg’s work concludes that in the last resort our potential scientific enlightenment finds its own subjective and anthropological limit in the fact that we are constantly falling back upon the imagery of our contemplations.


The critical history of concepts may thus serve the depotentiation of metaphorical power. In this sense, myth is already an attempt to render the world comprehensible, to identify divine or demonic powers, and to manage them, for example, by means of sacrifice or supplication.

Hurley – – Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 96 1: Davies – – NanoEthics 8 3: 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.

This discovery and an exploration of this avoidance or self-perceived failure to publish those reflections suggestive perhaps of biographical motives gives this book a special significance in Blumenberg studies. He studied philosophyGerman studies and the classics —47, interrupted by World War II and is considered to be one of the most important German philosophers of the century.

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Castoriadis woro the Non-Subjective Field: In recent mtyh, the phenomenon of political myth has attracted increasing scholarly attention. 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. 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 — fundamental 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.


He was excluded from the formal part of graduation celebrations at secondary school: History of Western Philosophy.

Narrative, Myth, and History.

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

Cassirer and Langer on Myth: It may even be of interest to an even more diverse audience, bringing a new level of complexity to current debates between religion and evolutionary theory. Kirk Wetters – – Telos: Joseph Campbell – – University of California Press.

Context is also provided in relation to the better-known phenomenologists Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger, the Heidegger-Cassirer debate, and the philosophers and sociologists of the Frankfurt School.

Horstmann, Siep, and German Idealism.

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