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Working with Walter Benjamin: Recovering a Political Philosophy

Andrew Benjamin

Abstract

This book provides a highly original approach to the writings of the twentieth-century German philosopher Walter Benjamin by one of his most distinguished readers. It develops the idea of ‘working with’ Benjamin, seeking both to read his corpus and to put it to work – to show how a reading of Benjamin can open up issues that may not themselves be immediately at stake in his texts. The defining elements in Benjamin’s writings that the author isolates – history, experience, translation, technical reproducibility, and politics – are put to work; that is, their utility is established in engaging t ... More

Keywords: German philosopher, Walter Benjamin, technical reproducibility, utility, nature of modernity, Adorno, Heidegger

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748634347
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634347.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Benjamin, author
Monash University