Friedrich Nietzsche and Walter Benjamin in the Now-Time of History
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Fordham University Press
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In his essay “A Portrait of Walter Benjamin,” reprinted in the collection Prisms, Theodor W. Adorno gestures toward a methodological congruence between the work of his friend Walter Benjamin and the work of the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche...
A Note on Citations
At 10 o’clock on 22 May 1934, in a dim Paris room, Walter Benjamin injected 20 mg of mescaline into his thigh, one of the last of the drug experiments he had engaged in since the late 1920s. A protocol of the trip was recorded by...
1 Mortal Youth
Taking, for reasons that will prove to be not wholly arbitrary, 8 August 1914 as a terminus ad quem for the juvenilia in Benjamin’s oeuvre, we face a heterogeneous body of material. Some twenty essays, a few primitive verses, the first pages of a novella, ninety-one letters, several travel diaries, scattered fragments...
Exposed by Zarathustra to the origin of Heinle’s ultimately suicidal stance, the Nietzsche of the youthful facies explodes into Benjamin’s mature writing with the full force of catastrophe. As youth’s displaced prophet, Nietzsche had...
We owe the oldest formulation of the paradox of the Cretan not to a philosopher but to an apostle. Paul, in his Epistle to Titus, warns the acolyte: “One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretans are always liars, evil...
Benjamin published two aphoristic sequences under the title “Short Shadows,” the first in November of 1929 in the Neue Schweitzer Rundschau, and the second in 1933 in the Kölnische Zeitung. These two sequences have only one aphorism in common, the short concluding thought-image [Denkbild] that...
5 Mad Maturity
Benjamin’s youthful works approach theory from the orator’s stage. The position of the public speaker, hortatorily engaged with a collective audience on the basis of a prepared text: This is the situation implicit in the posture of the youthful facies and through which its conceptual apparatus is directed...
In January of 1886, as Friedrich Nietzsche struggled to negotiate the private printing of forty-five copies of Zarathustra’s final book, the Scotch author Robert Louis Stevenson brought out a hugely successful story: Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Its germ, like the germ of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, had...
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Page Count: 344
Publication Year: 2012
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