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Hans Blumenberg: An Introduction
Part I: History, Secularization, and Reality
1. The Linguistic Reality of Philosophy (1946/1947)
2. World Pictures and World Models (1961)
3. "Secularization": Critique of a Category of Hisotrical Illegitimacy (1964)
4. The Concept of Reality and the Theory of the State (1968/1969)
5. Preliminary Remarks on the Concept of Reality (1974)
Part II: Metaphors, Rhetoric, and Nonconceptuality
6. Light as a Metaphor for Truth: At the Preliminary Stage of Philosophical Concept Formation (1957)
7. Introduction to Paradigms for a Metaphorology (1960)
8. An Anthropological Approach to the Contemporary Significance of Rhetoric (1971)
9. Observations Drawn from Metaphors (1971)
10. Prospect for a Theory of Nonconceptuality (1979)
11. Theory of Nonconceptuality (circa 1975, excerpt)
Part III: Nature, Technology, and Asthetics
12. The Relationship between Nature and Technology as a Philosophical Problem (1951)
13. "Imitation of Nature": Toward a Prehistory of the Idea of the Creative Being (1957)
14. Phenomenological Aspects on Life-World and Technization (1963)
15. Socrates and the objet ambigu: Paul Valery's Discussion of the Ontology of the Aesthetic Object and Its Tradition (1964)
16. The Essential Ambiguity of the Aesthetic Object (1966)
17. Speech Situation and Immanent Poetics (1966)
Part IV: Fables, Anecdotes, and the Novel
18. The Absolute Father (1952/1953)
19. The Mythos and Ethos of America in the Work of William Faulkner (1958)
20. The Concept of Reality and the Possibility of the Novel (1964)
21. Pensiveness (1980)
22. Moments of Goethe (1982)
23. Beyond the Edge of Reality: Three Short Essays (1983)
24. Of Nonunderstanding: Glosses on Three Fables (1984)
25. Unknown Aesopica: From Newly Found Fables (1985)
26. Advancing into Eternal Silence: A Century after the Sailing of the Fram (1993)

About the Author

Hans Blumenberg (1920-1996) was Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, at the University of Munster and the author of books including Paradigms for a Metaphorology (also in Cornell's Signale series), The Legitimacy of the Modern Age, The Genesis of the Copernican World, and Work on Myth. Robert Savage is the author of Holderlin after the Catastrophe.


"Paradigms for a Metaphorology is a model of scholarly translation. Savage's handling of citations and sources is scrupulous and thorough ... And he provides judicious explanatory notes that work in conjunction with the afterword and Blumenberg's own notes to guide readers through Blumenberg's own reading and career. Finally, and most importantly, his English rendering is consistently accurate while also being, in the context of translations of German philosophy, remarkably readable... In short, readers approaching Blumenberg's reflections on metaphor through the English language could not ask for a more reliable and helpful guide than this volume."-David Adams, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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