Repository logo
 

Sokrates im Anthropozän. Gedanken zum Menschenmöglichen im Ausgang von Blumenberg und Valéry

Accepted version
Peer-reviewed

Type

Book chapter

Change log

Authors

Becker-Lindenthal, Hjördis 

Abstract

The article analyses the contemporary discourse of the Anthropocene, discussing the proclaimed annihilation of the distinction between nature and culture and addressing the issue of human creativity. After sketching the debate’s main positions and arguments, the very notion of the Anthropocene appears to be problematic, as it involves a category mistake and a petitio principii. The narratives of the Anthropocene are shown to fulfil the same function as rhetoric defined by Hans Blumenberg: in a situation of epistemic uncertainty, they offer orientation and enable decision-making and action. Due to this influence on ecological politics, we need a “critique of narrative reason”. Subsequently, the article turns to Blumenberg’s interpretation of Paul Valéry’s dialogue Eupalinos or the Architect and his notion of the objet ambigu. It also rethinks the objet ambigu in the Anthropocene: as a nature-culture hybrid. The objet ambigu provides epistemological as much as existential challenges, which leads to a reconsideration of the modern notion of human creativity, and of possibility versus potentiality. Finally, the article argues for an acknowledgement of the possibilities and chances inherent in the cultura naturans, that is, a man-made world where human creativity is intrinsically linked with the ecosystem, and in fact, indistinguishable from natural powers.

Description

Title

Sokrates im Anthropozän. Gedanken zum Menschenmöglichen im Ausgang von Blumenberg und Valéry

Keywords

Is Part Of

Paul Valéry: Für eine Epistemologie der Potentialität

Book type

Publisher

Universitaetsverlag Winter

Publisher DOI

ISBN