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History, Metaphors, FablesA Hans Blumenberg Reader$
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Hans Blumenberg

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501732829

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501732829.001.0001

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Preliminary Remarks on the Concept of Reality

Preliminary Remarks on the Concept of Reality

(1974)

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(p.117) 5 Preliminary Remarks on the Concept of Reality
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History, Metaphors, Fables
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Hans Blumenberg

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501732829.003.0006

This chapter looks at Hans Blumenberg's “Preliminary Remarks on the Concept of Reality” (1974). For the concept of reality, one cannot use the etymology of the words “real” and “reality” as a guiding thread for its conceptual history. The concept of reality is an “implicative predicate.” The reason for this is its predominantly pragmatic function. The guiding thread toward the concept of reality is any form of “realism,” albeit not chiefly that realism, which calls itself so. The rule that real is what is not unreal urges one to take a detour via that which in each case is deemed unreal and is rejected as such. The concept of reality's indeterminacy and historicity is based on the very fact that the ways of being unreal prove to be inexhaustible. To expose what is illusionary never guarantees that the “remainder” of what is not exposed in this way is the permanently and reliably real. Put theoretically, falsification is the nonattainable par excellence.

Keywords:   Hans Blumenberg, reality, realism, real, unreal, falsification

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