Walter Benjamin's Philosophy: Destruction and Experience

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Andrew E. Benjamin, Peter Osborne
Psychology Press, 1994 - Philosophy - 298 pages
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Why read Walter Benjamin today? There as many answers to this question as there are "Walter Benjamins"--Benjamin as critic, Benjamin as modernist, Benjamin as marxist, Benjamin as Jew. . . . Yet it is Benjamin as philosopher that in one way or another stands behind all these. This collection explores, in Adorno's description, Benjamin's "philosophy directed against philosophy." The essays cover all aspects of Benjamin's writings, from his early work in the philosophy of art and language, through his cultural criticism, to his final reflections on the concept of history. The experience of time and the destruction of false continuity are identified as the key themes in Benjamin's understanding of history--an understanding that illuminates recent debates about the postmodernist attitude towards modernity. Contributors:Andrew Benjamin, Rebecca Comay, Howard Caygill, Alexander Garcia Duttman, Rodolphe Gasche, Werner Hamacher, Gertrud Koch, John Kraniauskas, Peter Osborne, IrvingWohlfarth.

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Historian Peter Osborne is the author of many works of regional history and serves as the full-time director of the Minisink Valley Historical Society in Port Jervis, New York. For High Point State Park and the Civilian Conservation Corps, he has selected about two hundred images, some that have been preserved by High Point State Park and former Civilian Conservation Corps enrollees, and some from private collections. Using these unique photographs, many published here for the first time, he has compiled a fascinating history of the park and the work of the CCC boys.

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