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Hans Blumenberg

Phenomenological Writings 1981-1988

Edited by Nicola Zambon
(German title: Phänomenologische Schriften)
ca. 519 pages
Clothbound
2018
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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»Phenomenology is not anthropological in the sense of what it can achieve and what it consists of, but rather from the respect of what it does not contain.«

Hans Blumenberg: 100th Birthday on 13.07.2020

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On the 27th of April 1988, the 50th anniversary of the death of Edmund Husserl, Hans Blumenberg noted: »The century now rushing towards its end will be regarded with hindsight by philosophy-historians as the ‘century’ of Phenomenology.« This prognosis is also an indicator of his own philosophical legacy: a phenomenological anthropology as developed by Blumenberg throughout his lifelong debate with the philosophy of Husserl. A highly productive phase of this debate dates back to the beginning of the 1980s after Blumenberg had completed his major studies of metaphor and myth and had began to devote himself intensely to anthropological questions.

The writings in this volume, all of them published for the first time, document this phase in a comprehensive manner. Two major themes become apparent: Blumenberg’s continuous fine-tuning of Husserl’s method being one, the other being the development of a description of man rooted in phenomenology, one that, as is apparent today, still awaits its match in the 20th century.

Praise

»What accounts for the fascination of Blumenberg’s work? It is the mixture of the spiritual and the secular. Both as a person and in his philosophy Blumenberg stood for retreat and for dedicating the highest level of concentration to intellectual activity. At the same time, he was greatly opposed to the assumption that the intellect could either manage without the world or create it out of itself.« Dieter Thomä, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

»The eternally philosophical and, now thanks to film, ennobled insider’s tip once again proves that all the hype is deserved.« die tageszeitung

»What is the sound of one hand clapping, the Zen master asks. Hans Blumenberg has the answer.« SWR2

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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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Geistesgeschichte der Technik/Geistesgeschichte der Technik (2009)

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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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