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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Against Belatedness

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 which modernity is legitimized as a new epoch.

For the claims to autonomy advanced by this modernity are no more than illusory; the modernity of the Enlightenment is unable to liberate itself from the theological. This loss, however, takes place against a background of continuity. Michael Rosen – – Inquiry: Now will you please give me the questions to my answers! The Enlightenment was, indeed, wrong to see itself 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.

They have to gesture in the direction of a place where such consciousness exists or existed. Should it recognize this descendance in its constitutional preambles? The opposition between religiosity and secularism is the key to both a discourse-historical epochal threshold and the question of the self-understanding of Western modernity.

Such a hermeneutic is also a hermeneutic of suspicion. Liberal political theology is therefore caught in a stranglehold. Does this represent a reinstatement of the lost link with a premodern theology or the movement of the project of autonomy proclaimed by modernity towards its fulfilment?

Religion in the Public Sphere.

Hans Blumenberg: The Legitimacy of the Modern Age – VoegelinView

Log In Register for Online Access. Here the discussion becomes much more detailed and exegetical than in earlier portions of the book, and I shall not try to summarise it. History of Western Philosophy.


At the same time, the anthropological framing conditions for a technologized life world are here at issue. The Supposed Migration of the Attribute of Infinity 7 7. His archetype for political authoritarianism is not Theodosius pegitimacy model of the Christian prince in Augustine or Saint Louis, but rather, Mussolini.

In any case, if he is, he notes the impossibility of returning to the politics of the old theocratic schemata. This left us no alternative but Baconian pragmatism: Blumenberg deploys an array of arguments in the first part of The Legitimacy of the Modern Agea good number of which are ad hominem.

For Blumenberg also, history is a field open to the possibility of exceeding itself. Difficulties Regarding the Natural Status of the.

We all carry some potted intellectual history around with us, to be spooned out as needed. It is enough that we should find a story which treats our predecessors neither as heroes nor as fools, but simply blumenbfrg fellow inquirers who lacked the advantages of hind sight.

Time enough to think of some new metaphysics or institutions or language when we have gotten rid of the old. Blumenberg shows himself to be fundamentally a liberal at this point.

Four Chapters on the Concept of Sovereignty, 3, trans. It is successful because it acknowledges the weight of original sin, which at the political level is expressed through the inability of Man to govern himself and to establish a world of universal peace. Must We Return to Moral Realism? History Law Linguistics Literature. The Indifference of Epicuruss Gods. Various analyses from Bruno, Descartes, Leibniz, and even from Hegel, have from the Renaissance onwards displayed blumenherg distancing from any absolute value, both immanent and transcendent.

Don’t have an account? Contact us for rights and issues inquiries. Benjamin Lazier – – Journal of the History of Ideas bluumenberg 4: However, in reality, those values were not posited as absolutes by modernity itself.

He sees the medieval period as driven to insist on that omnipotence by the break which it had made with ancient thought. Modernity does not, for Blumenberg as with Voegelincommit itself to a dogmatic legitimaccy. Schmitt is not properly speaking as an anti-modern, in the sense of being nostalgic for the medieval theologico-political order.


He thinks that the Middle Ages reached a predestined crisis when the notion of Divine Omnipotence was thought moeern by Ockham to its bitter end. Science Logic and Mathematics. He has translated eight hundred pages of very tough German as lucidly as literalness permits.

Hans Blumenberg: The Legitimacy of the Modern Age

Instead, Blumenberg argues,the idea of progress always implies a process at work within history, operating through an internallogic that ultimately expresses human choices and is legitimized by human self-assertion, by man’sresponsibility for his own fate. Or, if not exactly a champion, at least somebody whose upbeat history we can mocern against those who revel in belatedness, and against those who fear that telling big sweeping geistesgeschichtlich stories will reinforce our bad ,egitimacy totalising urges.

In short, Schmitt is not a pre-modern. References to this book The Ability to Mourn: Blumenberg criticizes none of these uses, techniques, or arguments. The Retraction of the Socratic Turning. There is a significant difference between the simple notion of secularization and the general expression, just cited, which attempts to explain modernity in its entirety. This act peculiar to modernity consists in the self-affirmation or self-positioning of Man and his techno-rational power, understood as a demiurgic power not limited to the predetermined world of possibilities, but independently capable of opening itself to a universe of possibilities.

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.