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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Just as in nature the general laws act silently and incessantly, and conspicuous
events are only single manifestations of these laws, so the moral law acts silently,
animating the soul through the infinite intercourse of human beings, and the ...
Music as the preserver of the moral order? Music as the police of a world of
pleasure? Yes, that is the splendor that falls on the old Paris ballrooms, on the
Grande Chaumiere, the Closerie des Lilas in his performance of La Vie
There is no question of the "moral world order" being restored; instead, the moral
hero, still dumb, not yet of age — as such he is called a hero — wishes to raise
himself by shaking that tormented world. The paradox of the birth of genius 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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