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History, Metaphors, Fables: A Hans Blumenberg Reader

History, Metaphors, Fables: A Hans Blumenberg Reader

Hans Blumenberg

Jun 2020 | 624 pages | 6x9

ISBN: 9781501747984

Signale Transfer series
Cornell University Library and Cornell University Press
$29.95 paper


History, Metaphors, and Fables collects the central writings by Hans Blumenberg and covers topics such as on the philosophy of language, metaphor theory, non-conceptuality, aesthetics, politics, and literary studies. This landmark volume demonstrates Blumenberg’s intellectual breadth and gives an overview of his thematic and stylistic range over four decades. Blumenberg’s early philosophy of technology becomes tangible, as does his critique of linguistic perfectibility and conceptual thought, his theory of history as successive concepts of reality", his anthropology, or his studies of literature. History, Metaphors, Fables allows readers to discover a master thinker whose role in the German intellectual post-war scene can hardly be overestimated.

About the author

Hans Blumenberg (1920–1996) was one of the most important German philosophers of the twentieth century. An intellectual historian as well, he created the concept of metaphorology, which states that the limits of conceptual thought can be overcome by studying the world-views hidden in metaphors.

Florian Fuchs is a Lecturer in Comparative Literature at Princeton University.

Hannes Bajohr is a Research Fellow at the Media Studies Department at the University of Basel.

Joe Paul Kroll is a freelance translator, editor, and writer.

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