It explores what a genealogy of secular modernity can and cannot accomplish, asking how to build on Blumenberg's legacy without repeating his errors. Blumenberg absorbed the skepticism of a genealogy of secularism and responded with an unrealistic image of disconnected modernity, while also understanding that modernity might contain normative resources of its own not requiring the redemptive efforts of secularizing translation. The legitimacy of the modern age involves not only the secularizing redemption of religious norms but also a search for sources of profane hope beyond the confines of tradition. My goal is to develop further insight into what a genealogy of secular modernity can accomplish and what it cannot. My remarks are divided into four parts.
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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. Hans Blumenberg, the creator of metaphorology, was one of the most important German philosophers of the latter 20th century.
The Legitimacy of the Modern Age. Hans Blumenberg. Progress Exposed as Fate. The Supposed Migration of the Attribute of Infinity 7 7. The Rhetoric of Secularizations. A Systematic Comparison of the Epochal Crisis of.
The Impossibility of Escaping a Deceiving God. Curiosity Is Enrolled in the Catalog of Vices. Difficulties Regarding the Natural Status of the. Preludes to a Future Overstepping of Limits. Interest in Invisible Things within the World. Justifications of Curiosity as Preparation for the. Cosmogony as a Paradigm of SelfConstitution. The Retraction of the Socratic Turning. The Indifference of Epicuruss Gods.
Preparations for a Conversion and Models for the. The World as Gods SelfRestriction. The World as Gods SelfExhaustion. Name Index. Status of the Concept. Voltaire to. Feuerbach and.
I. LÖWITH'S CRITIQUE OF A SECULAR TELEOLOGY
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. The controversy between Carl Schmitt and Hans Blumenberg constitutes one episode in the long-term, many-faceted debate over secularization. At the core of the controversy is the question of how modern science on the one hand and rational law on the other hand can be differentiated as autonomous realms. At the same time, the anthropological framing conditions for a technologized life world are here at issue. Keywords: Blumenberg , secularization , political theology , legitimacy of the modern age , technologized life world. Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.
The Legitimacy of the Modern Age
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