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Hans Blumenberg

Sources, Streams, Icebergs - Reflections on Metaphors

Edited by Ulrich von Bülow and Dorit Krusche
(German title: Quellen, Ströme, Eisberge)
ca. 303 pages
Clothbound
2012
Hans Blumenberg
Foto: Hans Blumenberg
© Peter Zollna

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

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In order to escape the overwhelming burden of reality, humans invent myths and metaphors, metaphysical and cultural systems, which offer a point of orientation even though it is all but impossible to prove their inherent »truth«. Departing from this observation, the philosopher Hans Blumenberg was interested throughout his life in certain metaphors that act as »regulative ideas«, providing a framework for thought, without delimiting it completely. Metaphors, he believed, form the bedrock of the history of ideas.

As early as 1978 he contemplated writing a book on the three »water metaphors« – sources, streams and icebergs – which he believed to be of fundamental importance. He began collecting vast amounts of material and evidence on index cards, and when he died he left behind an almost complete manuscript which is now being published for the first time. Using a wealth of examples – from the Pre-Socratics to contemporary advertising – he clearly shows how water, even as a metaphor, is literally indispensable for life.

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Schiffbruch mit Zuschauer/Shipwreck with Spectator (1979)

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