Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writing
Schocken Books, 1986 - 348 Seiten
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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Is not education above all the indispensable ordering of the relationship between
generations and therefore mastery , if we are to use this term ... And likewise
technology is not the mastery of nature but of the relation between nature and
... cases where no clear legal situation exists , when they are not merely , without
the slightest relation to legal ends , accompanying the citizen as a brutal
encumbrance through a life regulated by ordinances , or simply supervising him .
Doubts concerning this are aroused , however , by the absence of any
corresponding relation of the concept of fate to the concept that necessarily
accompanies that of guilt in the ethical sphere , namely that of innocence . In the
Greek classical ...
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