Walter Benjamin and the Antinomies of Tradition

Walter Benjamin and the Antinomies of Tradition

. . . I endorse Irving Wohlfarth's statement that this is 'the best book-length study of Benjamin yet to have appeared in English' and enthusiastically recommend it to novice and devotee alike."—Philosophy and Literature

Author: John Joseph McCole

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801497116

Category: Fiction

Page: 354

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Selected for honorable mention for the Morris D. Forkosch Prize in intellectual history, awarded annually by the Journal of the History of Ideas"This sophisticated yet reader-friendly study represents a significant advance in American criticism on Walter Benjamin. . . . I endorse Irving Wohlfarth's statement that this is 'the best book-length study of Benjamin yet to have appeared in English' and enthusiastically recommend it to novice and devotee alike."—Philosophy and Literature
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Walter Benjamin and the Antinomies of Tradition

Walter Benjamin and the Antinomies of Tradition

The antinomies of tradition take their most precise form in this theory of critique. Yet the productivity of Benjamin's critical appropriation of modernist influences can be fully appreciated, I argue, only as the culmination of a ...

Author: John McCole

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9781501728679

Category: Philosophy

Page: 352

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Few modern thinkers have been as convinced of the necessity of recovering the past in order to redeem the present as Walter Benjamin (1892-1940). Benjamin at once mourned and celebrated what he took to be an inevitable liquidation of traditional culture, and his determination to think both of these attitudes through to their conclusions lends his work its peculiar honesty, along with its paradoxical, antinomial coherence. In a landmark interpretation of the whole of Benjamin's career, John McCole demonstrates a way of understanding Benjamin that both contextualizes and addresses the complexities and ambiguities of his texts. Working with Pierre Bourdieu's concept of the "intellectual field," McCole traces Benjamin's deep ambivalence about cultural tradition through the longterm project-an immanent critique of German idealist and romantic aesthetics-which unites his writings. McCole builds a sustained reading of Benjamin's intellectual development which sheds new light on the formative role of early influences—particularly his participation in the pre-World War I German youth movement and the orthodox discourse of German intellectual culture—and shows how Benjamin later extended the strategies he learned within these contexts during key encounters with Weimar modernism, surrealism, and the fiction of Proust. The fullest account of Benjamin available in English, this lucid and penetrating book will be welcomed by intellectual historians, literary theorists and critics, historians of German literature, and Continental philosophers.
Categories: Philosophy

Architecture Philosophy and the Pedagogy of Cinema

Architecture  Philosophy  and the Pedagogy of Cinema

25 Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project, 391 [K1a, 7]. 26 John McCole, Walter Benjamin and the Antinomies of Tradition, 193. 27 John McCole, Walter Benjamin and the Antinomies of Tradition, 193. 28 John McCole, Walter Benjamin and the ...

Author: Nadir Lahiji

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000392104

Category: Architecture

Page: 190

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Philosophers on the art of cinema mainly remain silent about architecture. Discussing cinema as ‘mass art’, they tend to forget that architecture, before cinema, was the only existing ‘mass art’. In this work author Nadir Lahiji proposes that the philosophical understanding of the collective human sensorium in the apparatus of perception must once again find its true training ground in architecture. Building art puts the collective mass in the position of an ‘expert critic’ who identifies themselves with the technical apparatus of architecture. Only then can architecture regain its status as ‘mass art’ and, as the book contends, only then can it resume its function as the only ‘artform’ that is designed for the political pedagogy of masses, which originally belonged to it in the period of modernity before the invention of cinema.
Categories: Architecture

Walter Benjamin

Walter Benjamin

... John McCole , Walter Benjamin and the Antinomies of Tradition ( Ithaca : Cornell University Press , 1993 ) , pp . 165ff . McCole correctly identifies a " liquidationist " component as prominent in all phases of Benjamin's thought .

Author: Richard Wolin

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520084001

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 379

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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.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Nietzsche s Nihilism in Walter Benjamin

Nietzsche   s Nihilism in Walter Benjamin

McCole, Joseph, Walter Benjamin and the Antinomies of Tradition, Cornell 1993. McFarland, James, Constellation. Friedrich Nietzsche & Walter Benjamin in the Now-Time ofHistory, Fordham University Press, New York 2013.

Author: Mauro Ponzi

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319392677

Category: Philosophy

Page: 289

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This book reconstructs the lines of nihilism that Walter Benjamin took from Friedrich Nietzsche that define both his theory of art and the avant-garde, and his approach to political action. It retraces the eccentric route of Benjamin's philosophical discourse in the representation of the modern as a place of “permanent catastrophe”, where he attempts to overcome the Nietzschean nihilism through messianic hope. Using conventions from literary criticism this book explores the many sources of Benjamin's thought, demonstrating that behind the materialism which Benjamin incorporates into his Theses on the Concept of History is hidden Nietzsche's nihilism. Mauro Ponzi analyses how Benjamin’s Arcades Project uses figures such as Baudelaire, Marx, Aragon, Proust and Blanqui as allegories to explain many aspects of modernity. The author argues that Benjamin uses Baudelaire as a paradigm to emphasize the dark side of the modern era, offering us a key to the interpretation of communicative and cultural trends of today.
Categories: Philosophy

Walter Benjamin and Theology

Walter Benjamin and Theology

Both Benjamin and Metz, despite some fundamental differences between their perspectives, share a concern with the connection between justice, forgiveness, ... 9. John McCole, Walter Benjamin and the Antinomies of Tradition (Ithaca, NY:

Author: Colby Dickinson

Publisher: Fordham Univ Press

ISBN: 9780823270194

Category: Philosophy

Page: 344

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In the Arcades Project, Walter Benjamin writes that his work is “related to theology as blotting pad is related to ink. It is saturated with it.” For a thinker so decisive to critical literary, cultural, political, and aesthetic writings over the past half-century, Benjamin’s relationship to theological matters has been less observed than it should, even despite a variety of attempts over the last four decades to illuminate the theological elements latent within his eclectic and occasional writings. Such attempts, though undeniably crucial to comprehending his thought, remain in need of deepened systematic analysis. In bringing together some of the most renowned experts from both sides of the Atlantic, Walter Benjamin and Theology seeks to establish a new site from which to address both the issue of Benjamin’s relationship with theology and all the crucial aspects that Benjamin himself grappled with when addressing the field and operations of theological inquiry.
Categories: Philosophy

Interim Judaism

Interim Judaism

... Walter Benjamin: A Biography (London: Verso, 1996); also Richard Wolin, Walter Benjamin: An Aesthetic of Redemption (New York: Columbia University Press, 1982); John McCole, Walter Benjamin and the Antinomies of Tradition (Ithaca, ...

Author: Michael L. Morgan

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253338563

Category: Religion

Page: 166

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Interim Judaism Jewish Thought in a Century of Crisis Michael L. Morgan Probes the impact of the 20th century on Jewish belief and practice. Confronting the challenges of the 20th century, from modernity and the Great War to the Holocaust and postmodern culture, Jewish thinkers have wrestled with such fundamental issues as redemption and revelation, eternity and history, messianism and politics. From the turn of the century through the 1920s, European Jewish intellectuals confronted alienation and the challenges of modernity by seeking secure grounds for a meaningful life. After the Holocaust and the fall of Nazism, the rich results of their thinking—on topics such as transcendence, redemption, revelation, and politics—were reinterpreted in an atmosphere of increasing disillusion and fragmentation. In Interim Judaism, Michael L. Morgan traces the evolution of this shift in values, as expressed in the work of social thinkers, novelists, artists, and poets as well as philosophers and theologians at the beginning and end of the century. Focusing on the problem of objectivity, the experience of the transcendent, and the relationship between redemption and politics, he argues that the outcome for contemporary Jews is a pragmatic style of religiosity that has abandoned traditional conceptions of Judaism and is searching and waiting for new ones, a condition that he describes as "interim Judaism." Michael L. Morgan is Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is author of Platonic Piety and Dilemmas in Modern Jewish Thought (Indiana University Press). He has edited The Jewish Thought of Emil Fackenheim; Classics in Moral and Political Theory; Jewish Philosophers and Jewish Philosophy (Indiana University Press); and A Holocaust Reader: Responses to the Nazi Extermination. With Paul Franks, he has translated and edited Franz Rosenzweig: Philosophical and Theological Writings. Published with the generous support of Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati July 2001 128 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 cloth 0-253-33856-5 $35.00 L / £26.50 paper 0-253-21441-6 $15.95 s / £12.50
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Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project

Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project

1 The letter from Walter Benjamin to Sigfried Giedion, 15 February 1929 is published in Sokratis Georgiadis's ... 147-72; John McCole, Walter Benjamin and the Antinomies of Tradition (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press 1993), Ch. 4, ...

Author: Beatrice Hanssen

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781441109255

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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One of the most significant cultural documents of the Weimar Republic and Nazi era, Walter Benjamin's unfinished Arcades Project has had a remarkable impact on present-day cultural theory, urban studies, cultural studies and literary interpretation. Originally designed as a panoramic study chronicling the rise and decline of the Parisian shopping arcades, Benjamin's work combines imaginative peregrinations through the changing city-scape of nineteenth-century Paris with passages that read like a blueprint for a new cultural theory of modernity. Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project provides the first comprehensive introduction to this extraordinary work accessible to English-language readers. The diverse range of issues explored include the nature of collecting, the anatomy of melancholy, the flâneur, the physiognomy of ruins, the dialectical image, Benjamin's relation to Baudelaire, the practice of history-writing, and modernity and architecture. Contributors include Susan Buck-Morss, Stanley Cavell, Jonathan Culler, Brigid Doherty, Barbara Johnson, Esther Leslie, Gerhard Richter, Andrew Benjamin, Howard Caygill, Beatrice Hanssen, Detlef Mertins, Elissa Marder, Tyrus Miller, and Irving Wohlfarth
Categories: Philosophy

Walter Benjamin Religion and Aesthetics

Walter Benjamin  Religion  and Aesthetics

For more on these references see Richard Wolin , Walter Benjamin : An Aesthetic of Redemption ( Berkeley : University of California Press , 1994 ) , 29-77 ; John McCole , Walter Benjamin and the Antinomies of Tradition ( Ithaca ...

Author: S. Brent Plate

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415969921

Category: Religion

Page: 196

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First Published in 2005. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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Mythistory

Mythistory

Scholem, “Walter Benjamin,” 178. 11. Ibid. 12. Scholem, Walter Benjamin, 57–58. 13. On the significance of Lehmann and his circle for Benjamin's intellectual development, see John McCole, Walter Benjamin and the Antinomies of Tradition ...

Author: Joseph Mali

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226502625

Category: History

Page: 369

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Ever since Herodotus declared in Histories that to preserve the memories of the great achievements of the Greeks and other nations he would count on their own stories, historians have debated whether and how they should deal with myth. Most have sided with Thucydides, who denounced myth as "unscientific" and banished it from historiography. In Mythistory, Joseph Mali revives this oldest controversy in historiography. Contesting the conventional opposition between myth and history, Mali advocates instead for a historiography that reconciles the two and recognizes the crucial role that myth plays in the construction of personal and communal identities. The task of historiography, he argues, is to illuminate, not eliminate, these fictions by showing how they have passed into and shaped historical reality. Drawing on the works of modern theorists and artists of myth such as Nietzsche and Wittgenstein, Joyce and Eliot, Mali redefines modern historiography and relates it to the older notion and tradition of "mythistory." Tracing the origins and transformations of this historiographical tradition from the ancient world to the modern, Mali shows how Livy and Machiavelli sought to recover true history from uncertain myth-and how Vico and Michelet then reversed this pattern of inquiry, seeking instead to recover a deeper and truer myth from uncertain history. In the heart of Mythistory, Mali turns his attention to four thinkers who rediscovered myth in and for modern cultural history: Jacob Burckhardt, Aby Warburg, Ernst Kantorowicz, and Walter Benjamin. His elaboration of the different biographical and historiographical routes by which all four sought to account for the persistence and significance of myth in Western civilization opens up new perspectives for an alternative intellectual history of modernity-one that may better explain the proliferation of mythic imageries of redemption in our secular, all too secular, times.
Categories: History