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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Later he argues that our concepts of fate and character have been mistaken ,
because we put these concepts in the wrong ... Similarly , the concept of
character should be removed from the realm of ethics and related to " nature in
man " ; and if ...
concepts , never accessible except through signs because it is situated above the
immediately visible level . ... For it is impossible to form an uncontradictory
concept of the exterior of an active human being the core of whom is taken to be ...
If a concept of fate is to be attained , therefore , it must be clearly distinguished
from that of character , which in turn cannot be achieved until the latter has been
more exactly defined . On the basis of this definition the two concepts will become
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