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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Perhaps these views have been recently rekindled by Darwin's biology, which, in
a thoroughly dogmatic manner, regards violence as the only original means,
besides natural selection, appropriate to all the vital ends of nature. Popular ...
son, a discussion of means of political agreement that are in principle nonviolent
cannot be concerned with parliamen- tarianism. For what parliament achieves in
vital affairs can only be those legal decrees that in their origin and outcome are ...
Since such fear conflicts with the violent nature of law derived from its origins,
such ends are inappropriate to the justified means of law. They reflect not only
the decay of its own sphere, but also a diminution of pure means. For, in
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We can remark in passing that there is no better starting point for thought than laughter. In particular, thought usually has a better chance when one is shaken by laughter than when one’s mind is ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
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Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings
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