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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Every expression of human mental life can be understood as a kind of language ,
and this understanding , in the manner of a true method , everywhere raises new
questions . It is possible to talk about a language of music and of sculpture ...
All that is asserted here is that all expression , insofar as it is a communication of
mental meaning , is to be classed as language . And expression , by its whole
innermost nature , is certainly to be understood only as language ; on the other ...
... to make the relation between mind and language thoroughly unambiguous , so
that the expression that is linguistically ... is linguistically the most rounded and
definitive ; in a word , the most expressed is at the same time the purely mental .
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