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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More important , however , are the astonishing insights that a study of this plan
provides into the differences among individual lives . What part is played in the
primal acquaintanceships of different people's lives by profession and school ...
the original communistic position of human individual freedom , of the
spontaneous solidarity and union of men .... It is this position , my dear sir , that
alone falls to you . ” Here it is quite palpable where the conception of the "
intellectual , " as a ...
Characteristic of these , as far as the individual as legal subject is concerned , is
the tendency not to admit the natural ends of such individuals in all those cases
in which such ends could , in a given situation , be usefully pursued by violence .
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