Walter Benjamin by Richard Wolin
An Aesthetic of Redemption (Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism)

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Few twentieth-century thinkers have proven as influential as Walter Benjamin, the German-Jewish philosopher and cultural and literary critic. Richard Wolin's book remains among the clearest and most insightful introductions to Benjamin's writings, offering a philosophically rich exposition of his complex relationship to Adorno, Brecht, Jewish Messianism, and Western Marxism. Wolin provides nuanced interpretations of Benjamin's widely studied writings on Baudelaire, historiography, and art in the age of mechanical reproduction. In a new Introduction written especially for this edition, Wolin discusses the unfinished Arcades Project, as well as recent tendencies in the reception of Benjamin's work and the relevance of his ideas to contemporary debates about modernity and postmodernity.

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Richard Wolin is Professor of History at Rice University. His books include The Politics of Being: The Political Thought of Martin Heidegger (1990) and The Terms of Cultural Criticism: The Frankfurt School, Existentialism, Poststructuralism (1992).
Published March 11, 1994 by University of California Press. 316 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Walter Benjamin's dazzling if discontinuous contributions to the century's thought are no longer secrets kept only by the special few.

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