Hans Blumenberg and the Anthropology of Stoicism

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The reception of Stoicism by the influential and extraordinarily erudite German philosopher Hans Blumenberg has never been studied. My first task in this chapter is to gather and elucidate key passages from Blumenberg's vast oeuvre, much of it untranslated into English. My second and more important task is to argue that Blumenberg's unique approach, which is grounded in his minimalist philosophical anthropology, helps us to understand dimensions of Stoicism that the Stoics themselves did not theorize. I demonstrate this by clarifying and critically elaborating his comments about several obscure Stoic texts, which have hitherto seemed to be of no philosophical significance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGerman Stoicisms: From Hegel to Sloterdijk
EditorsKurt Lampe, Andrew Benjamin
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020
EventStoicism and German Philosophy: from Dilthey to Sloterdijk - University of Miami, Miami, United States
Duration: 18 Aug 201620 Aug 2016


ConferenceStoicism and German Philosophy: from Dilthey to Sloterdijk
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Structured keywords

  • Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition


  • Hans Blumenberg
  • continental philosophy
  • Stoic reception
  • German philosophy
  • philosophical anthropology


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