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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If, therefore, conclusions can be drawn from military violence, as being primordial
and paradigmatic of all violence used for natural ends, there is inherent in all
such violence a lawmaking character. We shall return later to the implications of ...
If this immediate violence in mythical manifestations proves closely related,
indeed identical to lawmaking violence, it reflects a problematic light on
lawmaking violence, insofar as the latter was characterized above, in the account
of military ...
A gaze directed only at what is close at hand can at most perceive a dialectical
rising and falling in the lawmaking and law-preserving formations of violence.
The law governing their oscillation rests on the circumstance that all law-
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Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings
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