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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Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writing Walter Benjamin, Consultant
Statistician Walter Benjamin Peter Demetz. the two creation narratives of the Old
Testament , he develops his ideas from a close reading of Genesis 1 , for he feels
Language is therefore both creative and the finished creation , it is word and
name . 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 ...
In a strict sense , no name ought ( in its etymological meaning ) to correspond to
any person , for the proper name is the word of God in human sounds , By it each
man is guaranteed his creation by God , and in this sense he is himself creative ...
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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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