Hans Blumenberg: Myth and Significance in Modern Politics

Xander Kirke*

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This book investigates the writings of German intellectual historian and philosopher Hans Blumenberg. While Blumenberg was not an explicitly political thinker and remains relatively under-explored in Anglophone academia, this project demonstrates that his work makes a valuable contribution to political science. The author considers the intellectual contributions Blumenberg makes to a variety of themes focusing primarily on myth. Rather than seeing myths in a pejorative sense, as primitive modes of thought that have been overcome, Blumenberg reveals that myths are crucial to dealing with the existential anxieties we face. When we trace his thought as it developed throughout his life, we find a rich source of philosophical insights that could enhance our understandings of politics today.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages124
ISBN (Electronic)9783030025328
ISBN (Print)9783030025311
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameGlobal Political Thinkers
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


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