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Hans Blumenberg

Lions

With an afterword by Martin Meyer
(German title: Löwen)
ca. 130 pages
Clothbound
2010
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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»For distinguished philosopher Hans Blumenberg, lions were a life-long obsession. Lions [...] collects thirty-two of Blumenberg’s philosophical vignettes to reveal that the figure of the lion unites two of his other great preoccupations: metaphors and anecdotes as non-philosophical forms of knowledge.

Each of these short texts, sparkling with erudition and humor, is devoted to a peculiar leonine presence – or, in many cases, absence – in literature, art, philosophy, religion, and politics. From Ecclesiastes to the New Testament Apocrypha, Dürer to Henri Rousseau, Aesop and La Fontaine to Rilke and Thomas Mann, the extraordinary breadth of Blumenberg’s knowledge and intellectual curiosity is on full display. Lions has much to offer readers, both those already familiar with Blumenberg’s oeuvre and newcomers looking for an introduction to the thought of one of Germany’s most important postwar philosophers.« (book description from the English edition by Seagull Books)

 

Praise

»Blumenberg was one of those rare figures, like Robert Burton or Goethe himself, who was able to read widely across disciplines and time periods while maintaining a detailed sense of the internal conflicts and complexities of each particular domain.« David Auerbach

»For the philosopher and intellectual historian Hans Blumenberg, myths and metaphors were pivotal to philosophical thinking, not opposed to it.« Boston Review

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Rigorismus der Wahrheit/The Rigorism of Truth (2015)

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

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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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