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Philosophy and Melancholy : Benjamin's Early Reflections on Theater and Language

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ISBN13:

9780804785204

ISBN10:
0804785201
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
6/26/2013
Publisher(s):
Stanford Univ Pr

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This is the edition with a publication date of 6/26/2013.
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Summary

This book traces the concept of melancholy in Walter Benjamin's early writings. Rather than focusing on the overtly melancholic subject matter of Benjamin's work or the unhappy circumstances of his own fate, Ferber considers the concept's implications for his philosophy. Informed by Heidegger's discussion of moods and their importance for philosophical thought, she contends that a melancholic mood is the organizing principle or structure of Benjamin's early metaphysics and ontology. Her novel analysis of Benjamin's arguments about theater and language features a discussion of the Trauerspielbook that is amongst the first in English to scrutinize the baroque plays themselves. Philosophy and Melancholyalso contributes to the history of philosophy by establishing a strong relationship between Benjamin and other philosophers, including Leibniz, Kant, Husserl, and Heidegger.


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