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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All that is asserted here is that all expression, insofar as it is a communication of
mental meaning, is to be classed as language. And expression, by its whole
innermost nature, is certainly to be understood only as language; on the other
Mental being communicates itself in, not through, a language, which means: it is
not outwardly identical with linguistic being. Mental is identical with linguistic
being only insofar as it is capable of communication. What is communicable in a
Anyone who believes that man communicates his mental being by names cannot
also assume that it is his mental being that he communicates, for this does not
happen through the names of things, that is, through the words by which he ...
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Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings
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