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The Readability of the World (Hardback)

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The Readability of the World represents Hans Blumenberg's first extended demonstration of the metaphorological method he pioneered in Paradigms for a Metaphorology. For Blumenberg, metaphors are symptomatic of patterns of thought and feeling that escape conceptual formulation but are nonetheless indispensable, because they allow humans to orient themselves in an otherwise overwhelming world. Readability applies this method to the idea that the world presents itself as a book. The metaphor of the book of nature has been central to Western interpretations of reality, and Blumenberg traces the evolution of this metaphor from ancient Greek cosmology to the model of the genetic code in order to access the different expectations of reality that it articulates, reflects, and projects.



Writing with equal authority on literature and science, theology and philosophy, ancient metaphysics and twentieth-century biochemistry, Blumenberg advances rich and original interpretations of the thinking of a range of canonical figures, including Berkeley, Vico, Goethe, Spinoza, Leibniz, Bacon, Flaubert, and Freud. Through his interdisciplinary, anthropologically sharpened gaze, Blumenberg uncovers a wealth of new insights into the continuities and discontinuities, across human history, of the longing to contain all of nature, history, and reality in a book, from the Bible, the Talmud, and the Quran to Diderot's Encyclopedia and Humboldt's Cosmos to the A-C-G-T of the DNA code.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLanguages with Grant & CutlerLearning & Reference By SubjectPhilosophy of languageLanguages with Grant & CutlerLinguistics Publisher: Cornell University Press Publication Date: 15/12/2022 ISBN-13: 9781501766619  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Hans Blumenberg (1920-1996) was one of the most important German philosophers of the twentieth century. Among his books translated into English are Paradigms for a Metaphorology, Rigorism of Truth, St. Matthew Passion, The Legitimacy of the Modern Age, and Care Crosses the River. His criticism and other writings have been collected and translated in History, Metaphors, Fables. Robert Savage is the author of Hoelderlin after the Catastrophe and the translator of several books, including Jan Assmann's The Invention of Religion. David Roberts is the author of several books, including The Total Work of Art in European Modernism and History of the Present.

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