Kyklophorology: Hans Blumenberg and the Intellectual History of Technics

Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2012 (158):155-170 (2012)

ExcerptHans Blumenberg's sprawling and seemingly esoteric work is driven by factors that are buried deep in the moonscape of postwar (West) German intellectual history. Philosophical anthropology, Husserl's phenomenology (in contrast to Heidegger's history of being), the re-introduction of French thought and literature (especially the writings of Paul Valéry), the activation of theological and scholastic thought, the debate with political theologians and their concept of secularization: these are just a few of the motivations that shaped the philosopher's early work and continue to be important for an understanding of his first mature books. Three of these books, The Legitimacy of the…
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