The Legitimacy of the Modern Age

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MIT Press, 1985 - HISTORY - 677 pages

In this major work, Blumenberg takes issue with Karl Löwith's well-known thesis thatthe idea of progress is a secularized version of Christian eschatology, which promises a dramaticintervention that will consummate the history of the world from outside. Instead, Blumenberg argues,the idea of progress always implies a process at work within history, operating through an internallogic that ultimately expresses human choices and is legitimized by human self-assertion, by man'sresponsibility for his own fate.Hans Blumenberg is professor of philosophy at the University ofMünster. The Legitimacy of the Modern Age is included in the series Studies in Contemporary GermanSocial Thought, edited by Thomas McCarthy.

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Contents

Status of the Concept
3
Progress Exposed as Fate
27
Making History So As to Exonerate God?
53
The Supposed Migration of the Attribute of Infinity
77
The Rhetoric of Secularizations
103
Introduction
125
World Loss and Demiurgic SelfDetermination
137
A Systematic Comparison of the Epochal Crisis of
145
Preparations for a Conversion and Models for the
279
Curiosity Is Enrolled in the Catalog of Vices
309
Difficulties Regarding the Natural Status of the
325
Preludes to a Future Overstepping of Limits
343
Interest in Invisible Things within the World
361
Justifications of Curiosity as Preparation for the
377
Voltaire to
403
Feuerbach and
437

The Impossibility of Escaping a Deceiving God
181
Cosmogony as a Paradigm of SelfConstitution
205
Introduction
229
The Retraction of the Socratic Turning
243
The Indifference of Epicuruss Gods
263
Skepticism Contains a Residue of Trust in the Cosmos
269
The Cusan
455
The World as Gods SelfRestriction
483
The World as Gods SelfExhaustion
549
Notes
597
Name Index
671
Copyright

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Hans Blumenberg, the creator of metaphorology, was one of the most important German philosophers of the latter 20th century.

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