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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On Language as Such and on the Language of Man 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 ...
language. Languages therefore have no speaker, if this means someone who
communicates through these languages. Mental being communicates itself in,
not through, a language, which means: it is not outwardly identical with linguistic
'the primary problem of language is its magic. At the same time, the notion of the
magic of language points to something else: its infiniteness. This is conditional on
its immediacy. For just because nothing is communicated through language, ...
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Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings
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