<p>Abstract:</p><p>This essay reconstructs the secularization debate between Blumenberg and LÃ¶with. It explores what a genealogy of secular modernity can and cannot accomplish, asking how to build on Blumenberg's legacy without repeating his errors. Blumenberg absorbed the skepticism of a genealogy of secularism and responded with an unrealistic image of disconnected modernity, while also understanding that modernity might contain normative resources of its own not requiring the redemptive efforts of secularizing translation. The legitimacy of the modern age involves not only the secularizing redemption of religious norms but also a search for sources of profane hope beyond the confines of tradition.</p>
Journal of the History of Ideas – University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: Jan 30, 2019
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