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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... may lose their appetite for preaching morality to their victims , take less delight
in ridiculing theml " A human , natural , noble language - particularly in the light of
a noteworthy declaration by Loos : “ If human work consists only of destruction ...
It holds that the means of communication is the word , its object factual , its
addressee a human being . The other conception of language , in contrast ,
knows no means , no object , and no addressee of communication . It means : ) in
infinity of the pure word , the point at which it cannot become finite word and
knowledge , are the human name . The theory of proper names is the theory of
the frontier between finite and infinite language . Of all beings man is the only
one who ...
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