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History, Metaphors, Fables: A Hans Blumenberg Reader

History, Metaphors, Fables: A Hans Blumenberg Reader Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/common-knowledge/article-pdf/28/1/143/1576280/143koerner.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 12 July 2022 Little Revi ews Hans Blumenberg, History, Metaphors, Fables: A Hans Blumenberg Reader, ed., trans., and with an introduction by Hannes Bajohr, Florian Fuchs, and Joe Paul Kroll (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2020), 616 pp. Initially in college and then throughout my career, the writings of the German philosopher and historian Hans Blumenberg (1920– 1996) have been my secret talisman, warding off the tedium of routine academic labor by conjuring, with poetry and precision, higher powers of thought. I read him first for his fabulous, inimitable German style, which blurs the boundaries between historical survey, philosophical meditation, and creative fiction. Then I found how consistently use - ful his writings could be for taking a new viewpoint on one’s own work, whatever one might be working on. The phrase work on itself figures in the title Arbeit am Mythos, one of Blumenberg’s many enormous and forbidding tomes. Jewish on his mother’s side, he spent the war in forced labor, then in hiding, and he so resented the time lost for work that he slept only six nights a week and lived and taught reclusively, refusing (except once) even http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Common Knowledge Duke University Press

History, Metaphors, Fables: A Hans Blumenberg Reader

Common Knowledge , Volume 28 (1) – Jan 1, 2022

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Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/common-knowledge/article-pdf/28/1/143/1576280/143koerner.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 12 July 2022 Little Revi ews Hans Blumenberg, History, Metaphors, Fables: A Hans Blumenberg Reader, ed., trans., and with an introduction by Hannes Bajohr, Florian Fuchs, and Joe Paul Kroll (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2020), 616 pp. Initially in college and then throughout my career, the writings of the German philosopher and historian Hans Blumenberg (1920– 1996) have been my secret talisman, warding off the tedium of routine academic labor by conjuring, with poetry and precision, higher powers of thought. I read him first for his fabulous, inimitable German style, which blurs the boundaries between historical survey, philosophical meditation, and creative fiction. Then I found how consistently use - ful his writings could be for taking a new viewpoint on one’s own work, whatever one might be working on. The phrase work on itself figures in the title Arbeit am Mythos, one of Blumenberg’s many enormous and forbidding tomes. Jewish on his mother’s side, he spent the war in forced labor, then in hiding, and he so resented the time lost for work that he slept only six nights a week and lived and taught reclusively, refusing (except once) even

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