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The Disclosure of PoliticsStruggles Over the Semantics of Secularization$
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Maria Lara

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231162807

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231162807.001.0001

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Hans Blumenberg’s Reoccupational Model

Hans Blumenberg’s Reoccupational Model

Conceptual Transformation

(p.70) 3 Hans Blumenberg’s Reoccupational Model
The Disclosure of Politics

María Pía Lara

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines Hans Blumenberg's account of secularization in his book The Legitimacy of the Modern Age. The manuscript was first written in 1966, but following critical responses from Karl Löwith, Hans-Georg Gadamer, and others, it was revised and finally published in 1976. The book is divided into four parts. The first is dedicated to critically exploring theses of secularization, especially as developed by Karl Löwith. The second section deals with Blumenberg's view of history as immanent, in which he tries to demonstrate the continuities between the problems posed by the Gnostics and the efforts of various Christian thinkers to develop them, finally crystallizing in the ways that made modernity a new, self-conscious, and assertive era. The third section examines the development of the experiences of “curiosity,” once considered an impediment to knowledge. The fourth and final section takes Nicholas de Cusa and Giordano Bruno as exemplary figures of the embodiment of two distinct positions: one that expresses the attitudes and character of the Middle Ages; another articulating characteristically modern attitudes.

Keywords:   secularization, Hans Blumenberg, reoccupational model, The Legitimacy of the Modern Age, Karl Löwith, curiosity, Nicholas de Cusa, Giordano Bruno

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