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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... questions often discussed with Brecht ; and I wonder how the functionaries
responded to his nostalgic memories of the ... and , dexterously shifting to his
central question , he suggests that the question about the work and the social
These are questions of power . Someone over there ought to say ... I hinted that
in his proposal Brecht's destructive character , which calls into question what has
scarcely been achieved , was once again involved . Brecht : " I know people will ...
Instead , the central place is given to the question of the justification of certain
means that constitute violence . Principles of natural law cannot decide this
question , but can only lead to bottomless casuistry . For if positive law is blind to
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