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Eli Friedlander, Walter Benjamin: A Philosophical Portrait

New study marks the 120th anniversary of Benjamin's birth
Eli Friedlander, Walter Benjamin: A Philosophical Portrait
In the Haaretz Daily Newspaper, Avner Shapira discusses a forthcoming work from Eli Friedlander, Walter Benjamin: A Philosophical Portrait (link via Leiter Reports): 'Contrary to the prevailing view, which holds that Benjamin was more a cultural and literary critic than a philosopher, Friedlander's book seeks to place Benjamin within the Western philosophical tradition. "Suffice it to think of two central 20th-century thinkers, Wittgenstein and Heidegger," he says, "in order to understand that philosophy can appear in forms radically different from one another. Some will see this as a sign that there is no longer any point in insisting on the outmoded category of philosophy. I take a more modernist view, above all in that I perceive the renewed need to think what philosophy is as the constant question of philosophy. Therefore, in my view, to see Benjamin as a philosopher means understanding how he gives new names to the traditional notions of philosophy, and above all to its sovereign notion: truth."' [Read More]

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