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Humanities 2015, 4(1), 181-197; doi:10.3390/h4010181

Reoccupying Metaphor: On the Legitimacy of the Nonconceptual

Department of English, University of California, Berkeley, 94720 CA, USA
Academic Editor: Krzysztof Ziarek
Received: 8 December 2014 / Revised: 13 February 2015 / Accepted: 17 February 2015 / Published: 5 March 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Encounters between Literature and Philosophy)
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Hans Blumenberg’s magisterial defense of modernity against the reproach of secularization, elaborated most extensively in The Legitimacy of the Modern Age (1966, 1974), develops both a distinctive method of philosophical history and the groundwork of a philosophical anthropology, predicated on the emergence of human self-assertion as theoretical curiosity. But as Blumenberg’s work attests more generally, this argument both devolves on and comprises an excursion into metaphorology, transposing the grounds of legitimation from dialectic to rhetoric. This paper explores the implications of such a metaphorical transfer, suggesting that Blumenberg not only presupposes a cryptic mode of poetics, but also (against its own anthropological intention) invests that poetics with the power to negate the category of the human as such. View Full-Text
Keywords: Blumenberg; Hans; metaphor; rhetoric; modernity; legitimacy; reoccupation; philosophical anthropology; metalepsis Blumenberg; Hans; metaphor; rhetoric; modernity; legitimacy; reoccupation; philosophical anthropology; metalepsis
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Blanton, C.D. Reoccupying Metaphor: On the Legitimacy of the Nonconceptual. Humanities 2015, 4, 181-197.

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