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Rigorism of Truth: "Moses the Egyptian" and Other Writings on Freud and Arendt (trans. Joe Paul Kroll)

Rigorism of Truth: “Moses the Egyptian” and Other Writings on Freud and Arendt (trans. Joe Paul Kroll)

Hans Blumenberg

Feb 2018 | 50 pages | 6x9

ISBN: 978-1-5017-0481-9

ISBN: 978-1-5017-1672-0

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In “Moses the Egyptian”—the centerpiece of Rigorism of Truth, the German philosopher Hans Blumenberg addresses two defining figures in the intellectual history of the twentieth century: Sigmund Freud and Hannah Arendt. Unpublished during his lifetime, this essay analyzes Freud’s Moses and Monotheism (1939) and Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem (1963), and discovers in both a principled rigidity that turns into recklessness because it is blind to the politics of the unknown.

Offering striking insights into the importance of myth in politics and the extent to which truth can be tolerated in adversity, the essay also provides one of the few instances where Blumenberg reveals his thinking about Judaism and Zionism. Rigorism of Truth also includes commentaries by Ahlrich Meyer that give a fuller understanding of the philosopher’s engagement with Freud, Arendt, and the Eichmann trial, as well as situating these reflections in the broader context of Blumenberg’s life and thought.

About the author

The late Hans Blumenberg was Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, at the University of Münster and the author of books including The Legitimacy of the Modern Age, Work on Myth, and _Paradigms for a Metaphorology. _Ahlrich Meyer is a political scientist and historian; he was professor of political theory and the history of political ideas at the University of Oldenburg from 1975 to 2000. Joe Paul Kroll is a translator, editor, and intellectual historian. He received a PhD for his dissertation A Human End to History? Hans Blumenberg, Karl Löwith and Carl Schmitt on Secularization and Modernity (Princeton, 2010).

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