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Prométheus například. Moc mýtu, distance a přihlížení podle Hanse Blumenberga
Prometheus for Example. The Power of Myth, Distance and Observing according to Hans Blumenberg

Author(s): Břetislav Horyna
Subject(s): History of Philosophy, Recent History (1900 till today), Contemporary Philosophy
Published by: Masarykova univerzita
Keywords: myth;metaphor;the power of myth;Hans Blumenberg;J. W. v. Goethe;F. Nietzsche;actio per distans (action across distance);effects at a distance;Prometheus & Epimetheus;profasis;Sturm und Drang;
Summary/Abstract: The Study Prometheus, for example loosely follows up the central theme of Hans Blumenberg’s theory of myth and mythology, the character of Prometheus and Promethean conceptions in scientific as well as imaginative literature (poetry and drama). The aim is not an elaborate reflection of all the variations on Promethean themes that were summarized in Blumenberg’s epochal book Work on Myth (1979). The author rather selects some themes from the works on the myth about Prometheus in Classical Greek literature (Hesiod, Aeschylus) and, at the turn of modernism, in German movement Sturm und Drang (Goethe). Most attention is paid to a fictional figure known as actio per distans (action at distance, with keeping a distance) and its variations from the distance between people and gods through the distance between people to the distance of an ageing poet from spirit of the age (Zeitgeist), to which he no longer belongs.

  • Page Range: 130-145
  • Page Count: 16
  • Publication Year: 2019
  • Language: Czech