• Xander KirkeEmail author
Part of the Global Political Thinkers book series (GPT)


This introduction outlines the main objectives of this book. It offers a brief description of Hans Blumenberg’s work and considers why it may not have been as widely received by Anglophone audiences. It goes on to discuss the key themes of Blumenberg’s theory of myth that will be important throughout the latter stages of the book. Translation of a complicated author like Blumenberg is a challenge and raises profound analytical and normative issues. I consider these towards the end, and outline how I approach the issue of translation in these works. Finally, I explain how the book will be structured and the content of the chapters.


Blumenberg Translation Myth Structure Nachlass 


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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