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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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Blumenberg’s Second Model

Blumenberg’s Second Model

The Persistence of Mythical Narratives

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(p.79) 4 Blumenberg’s Second Model
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The Disclosure of Politics
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María Pía Lara

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231162807.003.0004

This chapter examines Hans Blumenberg's second model of how humans cope with existential angst. The model is not concerned with translations or reoccupations; instead it focuses on myth. Blumberg contends that myths are about what is meaningful to human lives—life, death, the afterlife, men, women, harmony, order, obedience, communities, traditions, and so on. They do not explain anything; they do not make intelligible what is unintelligible. Rather, they orient and console humans, and that is their function. Through myths we find ways to cope with “our existential angst”, and the “absolutism of reality,” and transform them into something manageable. Religious texts are parts of these prelogical, mythical narratives, since they articulate the dogmas and control and organize their transmission to the public.

Keywords:   Hans Blumenberg, existential angst, myth model, religious texts

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