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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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Prospect for a Theory of Nonconceptuality

Prospect for a Theory of Nonconceptuality

(1979)

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(p.239) 10 Prospect for a Theory of Nonconceptuality
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History, Metaphors, Fables
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Hans Blumenberg

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501732829.003.0011

This chapter studies Hans Blumenberg's 1979 essay “Prospect for a Theory of Nonconceptuality.” He contends that nothing has changed in the function of metaphorology, but much about its reference — especially as metaphorics are now understood as merely a narrow special case of nonconceptuality. Metaphorics is no longer primarily regarded as the guiding sphere for tentative theoretical conceptions, as the preliminary stage of concept formation, or as a makeshift for situations in which technical languages are not yet consolidated. Instead, it is now conceived of as an authentic way of grasping connections, which cannot be limited to the narrow core of the “absolute metaphor.” The absolute metaphor was initially only defined through its indisposition toward being “replaced by literal predicates” on the same linguistic level. Another way of putting it would be to say that the line of sight has been reversed: it is no longer directed primarily toward the constitution of conceptuality but also looks back at the connections with the life-world as the constant motivational support of all theory — even if this support cannot be kept in consciousness at all times.

Keywords:   Hans Blumenberg, nonconceptuality, metaphorology, metaphorics, absolute metaphor, life-world, theoretical conceptions

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