A Reflection on the Relation Between Philosophy and Life; Through Hans Blumenberg’s Work

  • Duck-Joo Kwak
Part of the Contemporary Philosophies and Theories in Education book series (COPT, volume 3)


One of Lukács’ main questions is addressed, the question about a problematic relationship between philosophy and life (in education), which Lukács thinks is best exemplified in Socrates’ soul-searching life. The author addresses this question in terms of the nature of the experiential gap within the modern self between “knowledge” and “wisdom” or between “theory” and “happiness (flourishing),” by reconstructing the historical origin of the gap in the modern mind in the way a well-known German philosopher, Hans Blumenberg, describes it. This is a good starting point for the whole discussion of the book, i.e., the discussion about whether the classical connection between philosophical knowledge and a happy (flourishing) human life can be recovered even in the culturally nihilistic and religiously pluralistic society like ours today.


Moral Virtue Theological Nature Human Theory True Knowledge Human Happiness 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Education College of EducationSeoul National UniversitySeoulKorea, Republic of South Korea

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