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Selected writings. Vol. 1, 1913-1926

Author: Walter Benjamin; Marcus Paul Bullock; Michael W Jennings
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. ; London : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1996.
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Comprising more than 65 pieces - journal articles, reviews, extended essays, sketches, aphorisms, and fragments - this volume shows the range of Walter Benjamin's writing. His topics here include  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Walter Benjamin; Marcus Paul Bullock; Michael W Jennings
ISBN: 0674945859 9780674945852
OCLC Number: 80114988
Language Note: Translated from the German.
Notes: "This work is a translation of selections from Walter Benjamin, Gesammelte Schriften ... copyright 1972 ... by Suhrkamp Verlag."--Title page verso.
Description: vii, 520 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Part 1 Metaphysics of youth, 1913-1919: "experience"; the metaphysics of youth; two poems by Friedrich Holderlin; the life of students; aphorisms on imagination and colour; a child's view of colour; Socrates; "trauerspiel" and tragedy; the role of language in "trauerspiel" and tragedy; on language as such and on the language of man; theses on the problem of identity; Dostoevsky's "The Idiot"; painting and the graphic arts; painting, or signs and marks; the ground of intentional immediacy; the object - triangle; perception is reading; on perception; comments on Gundolf's "Goethe"; on the programme of the coming philosophy; Stifter; every unlimited condition of the will; types of history; the concept of criticism in German Romanticism; fate and character; analogy and relationship; the paradox of the Cretan; the currently effective Messianic elements. Part 2 Angelus Novus, 1920-1926: the theory of criticism; categories of aesthetics; on semblance; world and time; according to the theory of Duns Scotus; on love and related matters; the right to use force; the medium through which works of art continue to influence later ages; critique of violence; the task of the translator; notes for a study of the beauty of coloured illustrations in children's books; riddle and mystery; outline for a "habilitation" thesis; language and logic (I-III); theory of knowledge; truth and truths/knowledge and elements of knowledge; imagination; beauty and semblance; the philosophy of history of the late Romantics and the historical school; the meaning of time in the moral universe; capitalism as religion; announcement of the journal "Angelus Novus"; Goethe's elective affinities; Baudelaire (II,III); Calderon's "El Mayor Monstruo, Los Celos" and Hebbel's "Herodes und Mariamne"; letter to Florens Christian Rang; stages of intention; outline of the psychophysical problem; even the sacramental migrates into myth; on the topic of individual disciplines and philosophy; "old forgotten children's books"; Naples; curriculum vitae (I); reflections on Humboldt; review of Bernoulli's "Bachofen"; Johann Peter Hebel (I) - on the centenary of his death; Johann Peter Hebel (II) - a picture puzzle for the centenary of his death; a glimpse into the world of children's books; one-way street.
Other Titles: Works.
Responsibility: edited by Marcus Bullock and Michael W. Jennings.


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