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Walter Benjamin's First Philosophy - Experience, Ephemerality and Truth (Hardcover) Loot Price: R3,058
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Walter Benjamin's First Philosophy - Experience, Ephemerality and Truth (Hardcover): Nathan Ross

Walter Benjamin's First Philosophy - Experience, Ephemerality and Truth (Hardcover)

Nathan Ross

Series: Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Philosophy

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This book provides a study of Walter Benjamin's first philosophy in two senses: it focuses on his early philosophy as a source of insight into his later works, and it explores his thinking about the nature of truth, method, experience, the relation of body and mind, and the limits of human knowledge. While most attention is paid to Benjamin's later works, his writings from roughly 1914-1925 explore philosophical themes and develop a critical method. This book argues that this early work founds a series of original and lasting questions and insights. Benjamin understands experience as a broken continuum of diverse forms of spiritual expression, each of which is ephemeral. This leads Benjamin to a series of thought figures: the notion of language as a medium of experience; a philosophy of perception based in the natural history of the human body; an emphasis on mimesis as a faculty of creative assimilation; and a discovery of memory as a power for excavation of meaning in past experience. This book demonstrates that the need for a new understanding of the metaphysical structure of experience, as well as a new conception of truth, play a special role in shaping Benjamin's subsequent work. Walter Benjamin's First Philosophy will be of interest to scholars and advanced students working on the thought of Walter Benjamin, 20th-century Continental philosophy, comparative literature, and modern German thought.

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Imprint: Routledge
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Series: Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Philosophy
Release date: February 2021
First published: 2021
Authors: Nathan Ross
Dimensions: 229 x 152mm (L x W)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 144
ISBN-13: 978-0-367-61324-2
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary theory
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LSN: 0-367-61324-7
Barcode: 9780367613242

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