Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writing
Schocken Books, 1986 - 348 Seiten
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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Just as in all spheres God opposes myth, mythical violence is confronted by the
divine. And the latter constitutes its antithesis in all respects. If mythical violence
is lawmaking, divine violence is law-destroying; if the former sets boundaries, the
For only mythical violence, not divine, will be recognizable as such with certainty,
unless it be in incomparable effects, because the expiatory power of violence is
not visible to men. Once again all the eternal forms are open to pure divine ...
This creativity, relieved of its divine actuality, became knowledge. Man is the
knower in the same language in which God is creator. God created him in his
image, he created the knower in the image of the creator. Therefore the
proposition that ...
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