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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Here it is quite palpable where the conception of the " intellectual , " as a type
defined by his opinions , attitudes , or dispositions , but not by his position in the
process of production , leads . He must , as Döblin puts it , find his place beside
Nothing will be further from the author who has reflected deeply on the conditions
of present - day production than to expect , or desire , such works . His work will
never be merely work on products but always , at the same time , on the means ...
Does he succeed in promoting the socialization of the intellectual means of
production ? Does he see how he himself can organize the intellectual workers in
the production process ? Does he have proposals for the Umfunktionierung of the
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