Walter Benjamin's Philosophy: Destruction and Experience

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Andrew E. Benjamin, Andrew Benjamin, Peter Osborne
Psychology Press, 1994 - Philosophy - 298 pages
This collection explores, in Adorno's description, Benjamin's 'philosophy directed against philosophy .' The essays cover all aspects of his writings, from his early work in the philosophy of art and language, through to his concept of history.This collection explores, in Adorno's description, '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 to 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.
 

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Contents

1 Benjamin Heidegger and the Destruction of Tradition
1
Walter Benjamins Politics of Language
32
Walter Benjamins Politics of Time
59
Benjamins Critique of Violence
110
5 Beware Mexican Ruins OneWay Street and the Colonial Unconscious
139
On Walter Benjamins Destructive Character
155
On Some Kantian Themes in Benjamins The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
183
On the Concept of Space in Walter Benjamins Work of Art Essay
205
Benjamin and Heidegger Showing the Present
216
10 Benjamins Endgame
251
Index
292
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