Walter Benjamin: a philosophical portrait

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Friedlander finds in Benjamin's early works initial formulations of the different dimensions of his philosophical thinking. He leads through them to Benjamin's views on the dialectical image, the nature of language, the relation of beauty and truth, embodiment, dream and historical awakening, myth and history, as well as the afterlife and realization of meaning. Those notions are articulated both in themselves and in relation to central figures of the philosophical tradition. They are further viewed as leading to and coming together in The Arcades Project. Friedlander takes that incomplete work to be the central theater where these earlier philosophical preoccupations were to be played out. Benjamin envisaged in it the possibility of the highest order of thought taking the form of writing whose contents are the concrete time-bound particularities of human experience. Addressing the question of the possibility of such a presentation of philosophical truth provides the guiding thread for constellating the disparate moments of Benjamin's writings."--pub. desc.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass. ; London, England
PublisherHarvard University Press
Number of pages285
ISBN (Electronic)0674061691, 0674063023, 9780674063020
ISBN (Print)9780674061699
StatePublished - 2012

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Benjamin, Walter -- 1892-1940
  • Беньямин, Вальтер -- 1892-1940
  • בנימין, ולטר -- 1892-1940
  • Holz, Detlef -- 1892-1940
  • Benyamin, Walter -- 1892-1940
  • ヴァルター・ベンヤミン -- 1892-1940


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