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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strike shows , however , that it can be so , that it is able to found and modify legal
conditions , however offended the sense of justice may find itself thereby . It will
be objected that such a function of violence is fortuitous and isolated . This can
In a strict sense , no name ought ( in its etymological meaning ) to correspond to
any person , for the proper name is the word of God in human sounds , By it each
man is guaranteed his creation by God , and in this sense he is himself creative ...
It is vain in the deepest sense , and this very knowledge is itself the only evil
known to the paradisiac state . Knowledge of good and evil abandons name , it is
a knowledge from outside , the uncreated imitation of the creative word .
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