Constellation: Friedrich Nietzsche and Walter Benjamin in by James McFarland

By James McFarland

Constellation is the 1st prolonged exploration of the connection among Walter Benjamin, the Weimar-era innovative cultural critic, and the unconventional thinker Friedrich Nietzsche. The affinity among those noncontemporaneous thinkers serves as a restrict case manifesting the precariousness and potentials of cultural transmission in a disappointed present.

In 5 chapters, Constellation offers the altering determine of Nietzsche as Benjamin encountered him: an concept to his scholar activism, an expert for his skeptical philology, a manifestation of his philosophical nihilism, a better half in his political exile, and finally a subversive collaborator in his efforts to imagine past the hopeless temporality—new and consistently the same—of the current second in history.

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