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Hans Blumenberg

Reality and Realism

Edited by Nicola Zambon | Published from the Estate
(German title: Realität und Realismus)
ca. 350 pages
Clothbound
2020
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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»Philosophy is a creator of desires and fulfiller of desires of great refinement.«

Hans Blumenberg: 100th birthday on July 13, 2020

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What do we mean when we talk about reality? What does realism in thinking mean? How do humans make contact with reality and gain an awareness of it? These fundamental questions of philosophy have occupied Hans Blumenberg throughout his life and form important undercurrents of many of his books. He never published a monography on the subject, but did plan to, as his estate reveals.

There, subsumed under the abbreviation REA, a substantial bundle of texts from the 1970s, ready for printing, can be found. Blumenberg had even jotted down a title for the book: »Reality and Realism«.

In an intensive examination of the concept of reality, both from a systematic as well as a historic perspective, Blumenberg masterfully works out its historic, anthropologic and cultural dimensions. Among other things, he shows that the thematization of that which we call reality happens in a roundabout way and only when, through a disruption, we are forced to question our approach to the world that we had taken for granted. Realism and Reality is a masterpiece and an essential building block of Blumenberg’s Theory of the Lifeworld.

Other publications

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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Schiffbruch mit Zuschauer/Shipwreck with Spectator (1993)

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Arbeit am Mythos/Work on Myth (1979)

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