Journals Higher Education

$45.00

Hardcover

01 September 2012

344 Pages

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780823245369


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Constellation

Friedrich Nietzsche and Walter Benjamin in the Now-Time of History

James McFarland

A Fordham University Press Publication

Constellation is the first extended exploration of the relationship between Walter Benjamin, the Weimar-era revolutionary cultural critic, and the radical philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. The affinity between these non-contemporaneous thinkers serves as a limit case manifesting the precariousness and potentials of cultural transmission in a disillusioned present.

In five chapters, Constellation presents the changing figure of Nietzsche as Benjamin encountered him: an inspiration to his student activism, an authority for his skeptical philology, a manifestation of his philosophical nihilism, a companion in his political exile, and ultimately a subversive collaborator in his efforts to think beyond the hopeless temporality--new and always the same--of the present moment in history.

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