Hans Blumenberg

Myth and Significance in Modern Politics

  • Xander Kirke

Part of the Global Political Thinkers book series (GPT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Xander Kirke
    Pages 1-10
  3. Xander Kirke
    Pages 35-55
  4. Xander Kirke
    Pages 57-82
  5. Xander Kirke
    Pages 83-114
  6. Xander Kirke
    Pages 115-122
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 123-124

About this book


This book investigates the writings of German intellectual historian and philosopher Hans Blumenberg. While Blumenberg was not an explicitly political thinker and remains relatively under-explored in Anglophone academia, this project demonstrates that his work makes a valuable contribution to political science. The author considers the intellectual contributions Blumenberg makes to a variety of themes focusing primarily on myth. Rather than seeing myths in a pejorative sense, as primitive modes of thought that have been overcome, Blumenberg reveals that myths are crucial to dealing with the existential anxieties we face. When we trace his thought as it developed throughout his life, we find a rich source of philosophical insights that could enhance our understandings of politics today.

Xander Kirke is Jean Monnet Centre Associate at Newcastle University, UK.


Hans Blumbenberg Idealism Myth ritual theory modern philosophy political science and philosphy theory of myth absolutism german politics political theory and philosophy mythography Legitimacy of the Modern Age Work on Myth Paradigms for Metaphorology political thinkers absolutism of reality political science and theory contemporary politics philosophy and political thinkers global politics comparative politics

Authors and affiliations

  • Xander Kirke
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Geography, Politics and SociologyNewcastle UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK

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