By Hans Blumenberg
This significant paintings via the German thinker Hans Blumenberg is a enormous rethinking of the importance of the Copernican revolution for our realizing of modernity. It presents an incredible corrective to the view of technological know-how as an self sustaining firm and offers a brand new account of the heritage of interpretations of the importance of the heavens for man.Hans Blumenberg is Professor of Philosophy, emeritus, on the college of Munster in West Germany. This ebook is integrated within the sequence stories in modern German Social concept, edited by way of Thomas McCarthy
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That realization begins to dawn in the eighteenth century, when Diderot himself begins to realize how the kind of knowledge that is gathered in his Encyclopedia can stand in the way of experience of the world, rather than enhancing it, as the Greek conception of theoria assumed it would . Science has become an endless, impersonal process. In his early Universal Natural History and Theory of the Heavens, Kant, responding to the boundlessness and disorder of the post-Copernican xxxviii Translator's Introduction universe, tries to find a rational unity and totality in it by postulating laws of cosmogonic evolution, but he cannot pretend that there is any position in the universe from which this totality could be grasped in intuition.
For the Enlightenment-as in Fontenelle's Conversations on the Plurality if Worlds-" the impact of the Copernican disappointment [had been] moderated by the guarantee that the cosmic presence of reason was not a matter of man alone . " The other worlds were inhabited by other and probably more rational beings. " mm Of course, this dramatic solution did not carry lasting conviction. Neither has any of the post-Idealist proposals that address the prob lem. After discussions of Feuerbach's and Schopenhauer's attempts to rehabilitate 'intuition' as a fulfilling relation to the world (in the course of which Blumenberg expands his sympathetic account, in The Legitimacy oj the Modern Age, of Feuerbach's theory of curiosity) , he reaches the culminating episode of the whole story: Nietzsche.
Plation" or "Intuition" of the Universe The remaining four parts of the book--parts I, III, V, and VI-deal entirely with consequences of the Copernican event. So, with one exception, the material they cover is modern. The exception is the remarkable introductory chapters of part I, "The Ambiguous Mean ing of the Heavens" -chapters that go back to Sophocles and Anaxagoras, and to the elementary physical preconditions of the practice of an astronomy based on vision, in order to clarify the significance of astronomy in its premodern and pre-Christian form, as the "contemplation of the heavens.