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TitelModerator sought for GSA 2012 panel: Hans Blumenberg and the Anthropology of Metaphor
BeschreibungModerator sought for GSA 2012 panel: Hans Blumenberg and the Anthropology of Metaphor

This announcement is regarding a panel at the German Studies Association October 4-7, 2012 in Milwaukee, WI.

The panel "Hans Blumenberg and the Anthropology of Metaphor" is still in search of a moderator. If you are a professor at a university other than University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and have one or fewer other roles in the conference, then you are eligible to moderate. It would be our privilege to have someone interested in the topic attending. Below is the panel description. Please contact Spencer Hawkins at if interested.

Hans Blumenberg and the Anthropology of Metaphor [Twentieth/Twenty-First Century Germanistics and Cultural Studies]

Philosophical Anthropology considers a functional understanding of the concept “human” to precede other philosophical questions. It must describe the human as both a social organism and as a phenomenological subject. Language plays a double role in this analysis. Human language does more than facilitate social interaction and reveal philosophical findings; it also offers a means of interpreting other humans’ experience. But for describing the experience of perplexity at what seems to transcend language, Philosophical Anthropologists usually prefer the evidence from their own experience to mediated accounts through others’ language. According to Hans Blumenberg, examining others’ metaphors reveals how experiences of perplexity vary among subjects yet repeatedly find expression in metaphor. Papers on this panel will explore the legitimacy and resonance of Blumenberg’s ambitions to explain human consciousness through the examination of rhetoric, especially metaphor. Throughout this session, we will explore whether metaphors reveal what Blumenberg claims they do: not the definition of the “human” as a concept, but the verbally legible limits of human self-knowledge. Some metaphors seem to reveal what we won’t ever decide on: whether humanity is fundamentally rich or deficient, lost in thought or at home in thought, literate in nature’s code or deluded by it.
Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
PersonName: Spencer Hawkins 
Funktion: Panel organizer (doctoral candidate, comp lit) 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 
Strasse/Postfach: Comparative Literature, Tisch Hall, 2015 Tisch Hall 
Postleitzahl: 48109 
Stadt: Ann Arbor 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeHistorische Semantik (Wissensgeschichte, Mentalitätsgeschichte, Ideengeschichte); Komparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft); Rhetorik
Zusätzliches SuchwortBlumenberg metaphorology philosophical anthropology Arendt Gehlen human anthropocentrism
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