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The Legitimacy of the Modern Age (Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought)

The Legitimacy of the Modern Age (Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780262521055
  • Publisher: The MIT Press
  • Release Date: Oct 21, 1985
  • Edition: 0
  • Pages: 728 pages
  • Dimensions: 1.50 x 9.00 x 6.00 inches

Overview

In this major work, Blumenberg takes issue with Karl Löwith's well-known thesis that the idea of progress is a secularized version of Christian eschatology, which promises a dramatic intervention that will consummate the history of the world from outside. Instead, Blumenberg argues, the idea of progress always implies a process at work within history, operating through an internal logic that ultimately expresses human choices and is legitimized by human self-assertion, by man's responsibility for his own fate.


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