Philosophy for doctoral candidates

The program Philosophy for Doctoral Candidates invites doctoral candidates of all departments and disciplines interested in working on the philosophical dimensions of their projects. Each semester the program offers a seminar investigating seminal philosophical questions and positions via classical and contemporary texts as well as via individual project presentations by the participants. more

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Philosophical Frame: Philosophy between Critique and Speculation

Critique and speculation designate two philosophical procedures/devices familiar to all researchers: on the one hand the skill to locate problems and critically analyze them, and on the other hand just as much the capability to transcend the already known tentatively, hypothetically or even speculatively for imagining and detecting new areas. more

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Philosophy of Culture

A sizable part of the tradition in Western philosophy is dedicated to the search for an immutable essence of things. In contrast to this a philosophy of culture can be viewed as not dealing with eternal entities, but with conditions and contingencies of things. This applies especially to human artifacts ranging from a single metaphor, an instrument or artwork to complex structures like languages, societies or technologies.

One of the most prominent proponents of such a philosophy of culture was Hans Blumenberg (1920-1996), who was born in Lübeck, acquired  his PhD at Kiel University and became one of Germany’s most important postwar philosophers. His books The Legitimacy of the Modern Age, Work on Myth, The Genesis of the Copernican World, Shipwreck with Spectator (translated into English) are regarded as major and highly original works. One overarching characteristic of Blumenberg’s philosophical explorations of culture is that he understands culture as humanity’s unceasing attempts to assert oneself within the world.

This course offers and introduction to Blumenberg’s philosophical approach via a selection of short writings in the tradition of Montaigne’s Essais and Adorno’s Minima Moralia. Drawing upon an intellectual tradition that ranges from Ancient Greek fables to astrophysics, Blumenberg acts like a detective of ideas investigating the periphery of intellectual and philosophical history for clues – metaphors, gestures, anecdotes – to grasp human condition and finitude.

 

Kultur und Technik

Kulturphilosophie beschäftigt sich nicht mit überzeitlichen Wesenheiten, sondern mit den von Menschen gemachten Dingen, also mit voraussetzungsreichen und vergänglichen Gegenständen. Der Umstand, dass diese Dinge nicht nur eine Entstehungsgeschichte haben, sondern hergestellt wurden, legt eine besondere Aufmerksamkeit für Technik nahe, und tatsächlich finden Handfertigkeiten, technische Dinge aber auch große Systemtechnologien kulturphilosophisches Interesse.

Insbesondere das Werk von Hans Blumenberg (1920-1996) zeugt in vielfältiger Weise davon, Technik als Bereich menschlicher Kultur zum philosophischen Gegenstand zu machen, handle es sich um einen geschnitzten Holzlöffel, das Auto oder die Atombombe. Anstatt in verbreitete Technikkritik einzustimmen, stellt und erforscht Blumenberg die Frage nach der Technik ausgehend von der Vielfalt lebensweltlicher Phänomene und bezüglich menschlicher Selbstbehauptung. Blumenberg, der in Lübeck geboren und an der CAU promoviert wurde, zählt international zu einem der wichtigsten Philosophen Deutschlands der zweiten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts.

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