It is a We can remark in passing that there is no better starting point for thought than laughter. Jul 09, Sebastien rated it really liked it These are meandering thoughts on the book especially on Benjamin's Mechanical Reproduction essay.
Despite this, the people seem lively. How has art become absorbed. God made things knowable in their names. Here Benjamin had his first exposure to the ideas of Zionismwhich had not been part of his liberal upbringing.
Its fun and good and I love when philosophers and scholars do trip reports and get high. Benjamin distanced himself from political and nationalist Zionism, instead developing in his own thinking what he called a kind of "cultural Zionism"—an attitude which recognized and promoted Judaism and Jewish values.
I loved the preface by Hannah Arendt, gives insight into mindset and analytical style of Benjamin. Tikkun was the process of collecting the scattered fragments in the hopes of once more piecing them together. Accordingly the son would be the sinner. His eyes are staring, his mouth is open, his wings are spread.
A year later, inBenjamin withdrew The Origin of German Tragic Drama as his possible qualification for the habilitation teaching credential at the University of Frankfurt at Frankfurt am Main, fearing its possible rejection;  he was not to be an academic instructor.
A Klee painting named Angelus Novus shows an angel looking as though he is about to move away from something he is fixedly contemplating. Benjamin presented the work to the University of Frankfurt in as the post-doctoral dissertation meant to earn him the Habilitation qualification to become a university instructor in Germany.
Just a quick note By Mk on Jun 30, I have nothing to add to the reviews below except to note for scholarly interest that the essay 'The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction' included in this collection is not Benjamin's final version. Later that year Benjamin and Ernst Bloch resided on the Italian island of Capri ; Benjamin wrote Ursprung des deutschen Trauerspiels The Origin of German Tragic Dramaas a habilitation dissertation meant to qualify him as a tenured university professor in Germany.
But even on this issue I think people should consume art however they see fit, whether it be via concentration or the goal of distraction. Her essay in a sense tells the story of someone who like Kafka and Van Gogh seemed in the words of the singer Don MacLean 'too beautiful for this world.
Inat the outbreak of the First World War —Benjamin began faithfully translating the works of the 19th-century French poet Charles Baudelaire — While the destruction of tradition means the destruction of authenticity, of the originary, in that it also collapses the distance between art and the masses it makes possible the liberation which capitalism both obscures and opposes.
This makes for challenging reading - at times, it seems like what he is saying is simply too much at a tilt with everything one thinks one knows to seem comprehensible. His eyes are staring, his mouth is open, his wings are spread.
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Illuminations, originally published inis a collection of Walter Benjamin’s essays and other writings compiled by Hannah Arendt. Arendt also introduces the collection. She presents Benjamin as hard to classify: everything he wrote “always turned out to be sui generis” (3)/5.
Walter Bendix Schönflies Benjamin was a German-Jewish Marxist literary critic, essayist, translator, and philosopher. He was at times associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory and was also greatly inspired by the Marxism of Bertolt Brecht and Jewish mysticism as presented by Gershom Scholem/5.
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For a cause, however effective, becomes violent, in the precise sense of the word, only when it .Walter benjamin essays and reflections