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Hans Blumenberg

Geistesgeschichte der Technik

Hans Blumenberg
Foto: Hans Blumenberg
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Hans Blumenberg (1920-1996) was professor for Philosophy at the University of Münster.

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Hans Blumenberg’s estate includes a folder with the abbreviation »GT«, which contains several shorter publications on the intellectual history of technology. On a few pages and in his customary pithy style Blumenberg expounds on what such an intellectual history – as opposed, say, to the usual history of technology – might look like.

This shows him to be someone who anticipates the historiography of scientific and technical developments, which is currently popular, in particular with regard to the history of the sciences. Most of these texts appear here in printed guise for the first time, such as two longer lectures, which Blumenberg gave in the 1960s in academic settings but also presented to a wider public via radio broadcasts.

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Die nackte Wahrheit/The Naked Truth (2019)

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Rigorismus der Wahrheit/The Rigorism of Truth (2015)

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Präfiguration/Prefiguration (2014)

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Quellen, Ströme, Eisberge/Sources, Streams, Icebergs (2012)

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Löwen/Lions (2010)

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Theorie der Lebenswelt/Theory of the Life-World (2010)

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Briefwechsel 1971-1978/Correspondence and other materials (2007)

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Der Mann vom Mond/The Man from the Moon (2007)

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Theorie der Unbegrifflichkeit/Theorie der Unbegrifflichkeit (2007)

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Beschreibung des Menschen/Description of Man (2006)

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Die Legitimität der Neuzeit/The Legitimacy of the Modern Age (1996)

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Die Lesbarkeit der Welt/The Legibility of the World (1986)

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Arbeit am Mythos/Work on Myth (1979)

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Schiffbruch mit Zuschauer/Shipwreck with Spectator (1979)

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