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Hans Blumenberg

The Naked Truth

Published from the Estate | Edited by Rüdiger Zill
(German title: Die nackte Wahrheit)
ca. 199 pages
Paperback
2019
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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Since the early modern period and the Enlightenment divine privilege was meant to be democraticised by the unconditional possession of truth. The revelation of truth was also a theme of the critique of domination. In this late posthumous text, Hans Blumenberg explores the motif of the naked truth through the history of philosophy, but with enhanced awareness for the costs of this act of revelation. Nitzsche, the defender of rhetoric, and Freud, who had pursued the development of his theory without considering the wellbeing of individual patients, are the central antipodes for Blumenberg here.

Praise

»Guided by Nietzsche, Blumenberg manages to show in detail, intellectually and stilistically brilliant, which changes the use of truth as metaphor has undergone in European thought since the Enlightenment and Romanticism.« Felix Philipp Ingold, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

»Blumenberg is among the most easily readable and most entertaining philosophers of the second half of the 20th century not only because his prose is melodious, captivatingly beautiful and because he is a master of trenchant narration who knows how to exploit the epistemological value of anecdotes.« Eckart Goebel, DIE WELT

»Blumenberg, a giant among the great philosophers of the 20th century, was an eminent literary stylist.« Christian Thomas, Frankfurter Rundschau

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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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Schiffbruch mit Zuschauer/Shipwreck with Spectator (1993)

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Arbeit am Mythos/Work on Myth (1979)

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