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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To sum up : all communication of mental meanings is language , communication
in words being only a particular case of human language and of the justice ,
poetry , or whatever underlying it or founded on it . The existence of language ...
Mental is identical with linguistic being only insofar as it is capable of
communication . What is communicable in a mental entity is its linguistic entity .
Language therefore communicates the particular linguistic being of things , but
their mental ...
And , equally , the advocate of such a view can only assume that man is
communicating factual subject matter to other men , for that does ... It holds that
the means of communication is the word , its object factual , its addressee a
human being .
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