Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
History, Metaphors, FablesA Hans Blumenberg Reader$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Hans Blumenberg

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501732829

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501732829.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM Cornell University Press SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.cornell.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Cornell University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in Cornell for personal use. date: 25 September 2021

Phenomenological Aspects on Life-World and Technization

Phenomenological Aspects on Life-World and Technization

(1963)

Chapter:
(p.358) 14 Phenomenological Aspects on Life-World and Technization
Source:
History, Metaphors, Fables
Author(s):

Hans Blumenberg

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501732829.003.0015

This chapter discusses Hans Blumenberg's first extensive discussion of the concept of the life-world, “Phenomenological Aspects on Life-World and Technization” (1963). The problem of technology is such a characteristic element of modern, contemporary thought, even though the problem of technology has not yet been clearly distinguished from the problems of technology. The century or so of what called itself philosophy of technology has produced a sense of obviousness of what in the case of technology was “the thing itself” — a sense that is already highly suspicious. According to Ernst Kapp, “all of human history, upon close scrutiny, ultimately resolves into the history of the invention of better tools.” Correspondingly, the term “technology” evokes a colorful series of images: devices, vehicles, propulsion motors, storage units, manual and automatic instruments, and so forth — in short, a universe of things that are at work all around us, whose complete classification has often been attempted to little success, whose unifying factor, which the concept “technology” signifies, seems impossible to grasp, and which is therefore rendered unquestionable in a nominalistic way. With the appropriate conceptual frugality, “technization” is then to be understood as the constant multiplication and condensation of this thing-world.

Keywords:   Hans Blumenberg, life-world, technization, technology, philosophy of technology, thing-world, philosophy

Cornell Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.