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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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Theory of Nonconceptuality

Theory of Nonconceptuality

(circa 1975, excerpt)

(p.259) 11 Theory of Nonconceptuality
History, Metaphors, Fables

Hans Blumenberg

Cornell University Press

This chapter highlights Hans Blumenberg's lecture manuscript “Theory of Nonconceptuality” (circa 1975). For the benefit of concepts, there has to be a preliminary field of nonconceivability, even if, under the criteria of the possible perfected concept, one were inclined to cross this field disparagingly and let it be altogether forgotten in the state of perfection. Nonconceptuality in the service of concepts — that would be an option for taking a generous view of addressing this issue as a mere philosophical auxiliary discipline. Yet a more serious situation remains to be confronted, namely, that the work at the preliminary stage of concepts does not arrive at its goal, be it de facto or even out of the necessity of the subject matter. If the latter were the case, then it would be so in connection with the concept's dependency on intuition and the failure to meet this condition when it comes to the idea.

Keywords:   Hans Blumenberg, nonconceptuality, concepts, nonconceivability, philosophy, intuition, idea

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