Saturday, October 5, 2013
Blumenberg on Luhmann, Part II
In the catalog to the Marbach exhibition on Zettelkästen, we find that Blumenberg himself found it important to note some of the differences between his an Luhmann's Kästen, i.e. that he used index cards and not paper, that he ordered his cards thematically and not numerically, and that both keep an index. I would have preferred a thicker description of these comments. Instead , they talk at length about the metaphor of "communicating with oneself"—not entirely uninteresting, but not as interesting as Blumenberg himself would have been. They note that Blumenberg's card index consisted more of quotations than did Luhmann's. Did he himself comment on that? We do not find out. Too bad!