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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Nattiez – – Diogenes 52 4: Key Concepts in Philosophy. Myths constitute human attempts to rationalise and control anxieties concerning the indeterminate and uncontrollable forces of nature by anthropomorphising these forces into distinct and individual mythic objects.

Narrative, Nanotechnology and the Accomplishment of Public Responses: 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.

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.

This entry has no external links. During Blumenberg’s lifetime he was a member of the Senate of the German Research Foundationa professor at several universities in Germany and a joint founder of the research group “Poetics and Hermeneutics”. His friend Odo Marquard reports that after the war, Blumenberg slept only six times a week in order to make up for lost time.

For Blumenberg, all the achievements of human culture presuppose that this state of sheer biological nonviability, this nightmare scenario of ultimate selective disadvantage, has been put behind us through nothing but our ability of telling tales.

In recent years, the phenomenon of political myth has attracted increasing scholarly attention. According to Blumenberg, metaphors of this kind, such as “the naked truth”, are to be considered a fundamental aspect of philosophical discourse that cannot be replaced by concepts and reappropriated into the logicity of the ‘actual’.

The idea of ‘absolute metaphors’ turns out to be of decisive importance for the ideas of a culture, such as the metaphor of light as truth in Neo-Platonism, to be found in the hermeneutics of Martin Heidegger and Hans-Georg Gadamer. The border between logos and myth is, according to Blumenberg, a fictive one. 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.


Hans Blumenberg’s Theory of MythRoutledgep. The distinctness and meaning of these metaphors constitute the perception of reality as a whole, a necessary prerequisite for human orientation, thought and action. Jeffrey Andrew Barash – – History and Theory 50 3: Chiara Bottici – – Iris.

Angus Nicholls – – History of the Human Sciences 20 1: This context is of decisive importance for Blumenberg’s idea of absolute metaphors.

Hans Blumenberg

Digging mytu apparently meaningless anecdotes of the history of occidental thought and literature, Blumenberg drew a map of the expressions, examples, gestures, that flourished in the discussions of what are thought to be more important matters. The Work of Izrail’ Frank-Kamenetskij. He was excluded from the formal part of graduation celebrations at secondary school: 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.

His work has resonated internationally across myyh disciplines ranging from literary theory, philosophy, religious studies and anthropology, to the history and philosophy of science. Retrieved from ” https: A Response to Thorstensen. Horstmann, Siep, and German Idealism. This article has no associated abstract. Myth in History, Philosophy of History as Myth: Workshop at the University of London organized in cooperation with the Centre for European Philosophy About the workshop In recent years, the phenomenon of mmyth myth has attracted increasing scholarly attention.

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

The Tetralogy of Richard Wagner: Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. 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.

In his later works Work on Myth, Out of oh 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: Hurley – – Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 96 1: Joseph Mali – – Science in Context 7 1. This phenomenon may range from the attempt blumenbreg fully explicate the metaphor while losing sight of its illustrative function, to the experience of becoming immersed in metaphors influencing the seeming logicality of conclusions.


The fundamental adaptive and cognitive functions of myths enable us to survive the most hostile surroundings and, therefore, they are the most powerful evolutionary tool that we have. But, being labelled a “Half-Jew”, considering that his mother was Jewish[1] the Catholic Blumenberg was barred from continuing his studies at any regular institution of learning in Germany.

This page was last edited on 27 Novemberat Especially in the context of political rhetoric, identity politics and collective action, the theory of political myth has often proved to be a vital source of fresh and illuminating insights. Kirk Wetters – – Telos: The critical history of concepts may thus serve the depotentiation of metaphorical power. How do political myths construct collective identities and thereby affect political agency? Joseph Campbell – – University of California Press. This, however, should not be understood as a rational or theoretical approach to a question or dilemma: Are political myths always nefarious and related to propaganda and misinformation, or might they have a legitimate use under some circumstances?

The founding idea of this first text was further developed in works on the metaphors of light in theories of knowledge, of being in navigation Shipwreck with Spectatorsand the metaphors of books and reading. Whereas metaphors originally were a means of illustrating the reality of an issue, giving form to understanding, they were later to tend towards a separate existence, in the sciences as elsewhere.

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. In its wake, the concept of political myth has begun to establish itself as a relevant concept of political theory.

After Blumenberg continued 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.