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Benjamin's -abilities

Author: Samuel Weber; Walter Benjamin
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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""There is no world of thought that is not a world of language," Walter Benjamin remarked, "and one only sees in the world what is preconditioned by language." In this book, Samuel Weber reveals a new and productive aspect of Benjamin's thought by focusing on a little-discussed stylistic trait in his formulation of concepts." "Weber's focus is the critical suffix "--Ability" that Benjamin so tellingly deploys in his  Read more...
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Named Person: Walter Benjamin; Walter Benjamin
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel Weber; Walter Benjamin
ISBN: 9780674028371 0674028376 9780674046061 0674046064
OCLC Number: 179801145
Notes: "Appendix: Walter Benjamin's "Seagulls" : a translation"--P. [325]-326.
"Seagulls" translated from the German.
Description: viii, 363 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Benjamin's -abilities --
Prehistory: Kant, Hölderlin-et cetera --
Criticizability-calculability --
Impart-ability: language as medium --
Translatability I: following (Nachfolge) --
Translatability II: afterlife --
Citability-of gesture --
Ability and style --
An afterlife of -abilities: Derrida --
Legibilities --
Genealogy of modernity: history, myth, and allegory in Benjamin's Origin of the German Mourning Play --
Awakening --
Talking exception to decision: Walter Benjamin and Carl Schmitt --
Violence and gesture: Agamben reading Benjamin reading Kafka reading Cervantes ... --
Song and glance: Walter Benjamin's secret names (zugewandt-unverwandt) --
"Streets, squares, theaters" : A City on the Move-Walter Benjamin's Paris --
God and the devil-in detail --
Closing the net: "Capitalism as Religion" (Benjamin) --
The Ring as Trauerspiel: reading Wagner with Benjamin and Derrida --
Reading Benjamin --
"Seagulls."
Responsibility: Samuel Weber.
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