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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In his "Fragment," he wants to cope, at least by suggestion, with the seeming
incompatibility of the profane (or historical) and the Messianic (or divine) order;
and he bravely demands that a new philosophy of history (his own) try to relate
The most passionate investigation of telepathic phenomena, for example, will not
teach us half as much about reading (which is an eminently telepathic process),
as the profane illumination of reading about telepathic phenomena. And the ...
Therefore the order of the profane cannot be built up on the idea of the Divine
Kingdom, and therefore theocracy has no political, but only a religious meaning.
To have repudiated with utmost vehemence the political significance of theocracy
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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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