Walter Benjamin’s magnum opus was a book he did not live to write. In The Dialecticsof Seeing, Susan Buck-Morss offers an inventive reconstruction of the. The Dialectics of Seeing: Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project. Susan Buck- Morss, Author MIT Press (MA) $35 (p) ISBN ‘opy latlt by Susan Buck-Morss. All rights reserved. . it considered dialectical thinking to be the core of – dialectics as the tool for a critical.
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Walter Benjamin’s magnum opus was a book he did not live to write. Working with Benjamin’s vast files of citations and commentary which contain a myriad of historical details from the dawn of consumer culture, Buck-Morss mak. Working with Benjamin’s vast files of citations and commentary which contain a myriad of historical details from the dawn of consumer culture, Buck-Morss makes visible the conceptual structure that gives these fragments philosophical coherence.
She uses images throughout the book to demonstrate that Benjamin took the debris of mass culture seriously as the source of philosophical truth.
The Dialectics of Seeing: Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project
The Paris Arcades that so fascinated Benjamin as they did the Surrealists whose “materialist metaphysics” he admired were the prototype, the 19th century “ur-form” of the modern shopping mall. Benjamin’s dialectics of seeing demonstrate how to read these consumer dream houses and so many other material objects of the time – from air balloons to women’s fashions, from Baudelaire’s poetry to Grandville’s cartoons – as anticipations of social utopia and, simultaneously, as clues for a radical political critique.
Buck-Morss plots Benjamin’s intellectual orientation on axes running east and west, north and south – Moscow Paris, Berlin-Naples – and shows how such thinking in coordinates can explain his understanding of “dialectics at a standstill. Goodreads helps you keep track diaoectics books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
The Dialectics of Seeing : Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project
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Dialsctics is a highly accessible pf of one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century. Walter Benjamin’s essays are closely examined in light of the work he toiled at for most of his career: Essentially, the Arcades Project was an attempt to understand 19th century Arcades of Paris as allegory.
Through it, she connects Benjamin’s unique, but This is a highly accessible explanation of one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century. Through it, she connects Benjamin’s unique, but well founded, interepretation of Marxism and marxist social criticism to his interpretation of the nineteenth century consumer culture and ultimately to the social situation of Germany and Europe in the twenties and thirties.
This web of social, historical, political, artistic and philosophical investigation all comes together through an investigation of allegory as an excess of meaning. I learned a lot about how Benjamin’s writings worked, why he and Adorno came into conflict at times, and the unique vision of Benjamin’s philosophy.
Feb 17, Heather rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book blew me out of the water! Got me really into turn of the nineteenth century Paris, Haussmann’s reshaping of Paris, and flaneurs, which I later picked up in my art history classes. Oct 04, Yamini rated it it was amazing. Such a well written and interesting academic book.
Contextualizes Benjamin’s Arcades project in his own vision, the ideas that influenced him, and finally, in the modern post-WW2 context. May 05, J is currently reading it. My friend bought this for me for my birthday with an epigram, “Don’t read this. May 12, Nathan rated it it was amazing.
A stimulating and exciting introduction to what is one of the most obscure, unique, and mysterious texts I’ve encountered. Benjamin truly is unlike any other thinker.
Oct 13, Jacob rated it it was amazing. An erudite, beautifully written overview of Benjamin’s oc. I recommend reading Seing major essays —particularly “Theses on the Philosophy of History,” “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” and the Baudelaire essays — before starting this book. It’s not an easy read, but anyone immersed in Benjamin won’t be daunted by that. Jan 03, Mark Van Hollebeke rated it it was amazing.
This is one of the most insightful philosophical commentaries around–not merely exclusive to Benjamin commentaries.
The Dialectics of Seeing: Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project by Susan Buck-Morss
I mean to say it is one of the most insightful commentaries, period. This book opened up Benjamin as well as dialectical reasoning and critical social theory to me in ways unanticipated.
Jan 15, Robert rated it it was amazing. Extremely helpful understanding both Benjamin and what he attempted and what dialectocs managed to achieve.
Very inspiring storytelling, very smart analysis. A good time was had by all. Apr 27, Adam rated it really liked it.
Buck-Morss is the most capable and astute of current Benjamin commentators. Feb 09, Tyler rated it it was amazing. Hallie rated it it was amazing Apr 01, Colin Tan rated it it was ok May 16, Jackie rated it really liked it May 11, Hemanth Kumar rated it really liked it Sep 22, Mar 28, Michel rated it really liked it.
Benjamin is the Messi of hermeneutic Marxism.
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