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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The speechless word of the things or the silent speech on the lowest level is
translated by man into the “ naming word ” ( nennendes Wort ) , the language of
the anthropological stratum , and finally offered to God , who , in His word of
The linguistic being of things is their language ; this proposition , applied to man ,
means : the linguistic being of man is his language . Which signifies : man
communicates his own mental being in his language . However , the language of
Language itself is not perfectly expressed in things themselves . This proposition
has a double meaning in its metaphorical and literal senses : the languages of
things are imperfect , and they are dumb ? Things / are denied the pure formal ...
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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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