Reflections: essays, aphorisms, autobiographical writing
A companion volume to Illuminations, the first collection of Walter Benjamin's writings, Reflections presents a further sampling of his wide-ranging work. Here Benjamin evolves a theory of language as the medium of all creation, discusses theater and surrealism, reminisces about Berlin in the 1920s, recalls conversations with Bertolt Brecht, and provides travelogues of various cities, including Moscow under Stalin. He moves seamlessly from literary criticism to autobiography to philosophical-theological speculations, cementing his reputation as one of the greatest and most versatile writers of the twentieth century. Also included is a new preface by Leon Wieseltier that explores Benjamin's continued relevance for our times.
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The hierarchies of the world and the order of language, or, rather, "words,"
intimately correspond: although the word of God is of absolute and active power,
in man's realm the word is more limited, and it is "soundless" in the "silent magic
In God name is creative because it is word, and God's word is cognizant because
it is name. "And he saw that it was good"; that is: He had cognized it through
name. The absolute relation of name to knowledge exists only in God, only there
Of all beings man is the only one who himself names his own kind, as he is the
only one whom God did not name. It is perhaps bold, but scarcely impossible, to
mention the second part of 2:20 in this context: that man named all beings, "but
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We can remark in passing that there is no better starting point for thought than laughter. In particular, thought usually has a better chance when one is shaken by laughter than when one’s mind is ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
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Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings
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