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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tion provided an ideological foundation ) , violence is a product of nature , as it
were a raw material , the use of which is in no way problematical , unless force is
misused for unjust ends . If , according to the theory of state of natural law ,
Ends that lack such acknowledgment may be called natural ends , the other legal
ends . The differing function of violence , depending on whether it serves natural
or legal ends , can be most clearly traced against a background of specific legal ...
The possibility of military law rests on exactly the same objective contradiction in
the legal situation as does that of strike law , that is to say , on the fact that legal
subjects sanction violence whose ends remain for the sanctioners natural ends ...
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