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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I am less concerned with constructing a systematic pigeonhole than with
sketching a biographical account of Benjamin's experiences against crucial years
of Central European history and with trying to ease , if it can be done at all , the ...
Dostoyevsky was concerned with psychology ; he made visible the criminal
element hidden in each person . Brecht is concerned with politics ; he makes
visible the element of crime hidden in all business . Bourgeois legality and crime
— these ...
For in a critique of violence , a criterion for the latter in positive law cannot
concern its uses but only its evaluation . The question that concerns us is , what
light is thrown on the nature of violence by the fact that such a criterion or
distinction can ...
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