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Arbeit am politischen Mythos Berlin: Suhrkamp,pp.
Hans Blumenberg – Wikipedia
The Little Corporal preoccupied Blumenberg more and more, causing him to think less about Hitler. Prefiguration is a form of thought from the world of myth, but it is still or again virulent.
As Althusser noted, prophecies can have causal effects.
Prefiguration, which shares a frontier with magical thinking, involves the foretelling or expectation of present and future effects of narratives written down sometimes thousands of years before.
Prefiguration is about the constancy of conditions or, rather, the wish blumfnberg constancy. Prefiguration overcomes confusion, helplessness; in extreme circumstances, it can lend historic decisions legitimacy.
One salient example is from the Yom Kippur War, when Arabs chose the date to attack based on a key moment in Islamic history. But the audience for prefiguration must be able to recognize what expectation is being fulfilled.
As Blumenberg puts it, prefiguration exists in a system designed for justification and, if exercised properly, can function in a Janus-faced manner, meaning that it is a form of thought that can insulate itself against failure.
A prophecy can possess built-in protective qualities.
If ancient Rome becomes the paradigm for a proposed military action and the army involved fails, the prophet or propagandist, blumebberg justification for mounting further battles, might then invoke the Punic wars as indeed Goebbels did.
As Blumenberg phrases the point: A last glimmer of hope arrived when Mythoss Roosevelt died: When, as circumstances worsened, Hitler was destroying everything in sight, he preserved the Frederick portrait by making sure it was in the hands of Hans Baur, whom he expected to leave the bunker alive.
Whatever else happened, Frederick had to live on. If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’.
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