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Walter Benjamin: Images, the Creaturely, and the Holy by Sigrid Weigel


Arguing that the importance of painting and other visual art for Benjamin’s epistemology has yet to be appreciated, Weigel undertakes the first systematic analysis of their significance to his thought.

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In her groundbreaking analysis, Weigel embarks on an odyssey through the labyrinthine corridors of Benjamin’s thought, unveiling the hitherto neglected significance of painting and visual art. With a deft hand, she navigates Benjamin’s dialectics of secularization, revealing the intricate dance between painting, revelation, and the profane that animates his philosophical tapestry.

At the heart of Weigel’s exploration lies Benjamin’s enigmatic concept of “life,” a tapestry woven with threads of both natural beauty and supernatural wonder. Through her discerning gaze, Weigel uncovers the subtle nuances lost in translation, delicately tracing the contours of Benjamin’s language as it dances between the earthly and the divine.

Weigel’s scholarly voyage extends beyond the confines of Benjamin’s individual genius, casting light on his place within the constellation of European thought. In doing so, she dispels the shadows of misunderstanding, revealing the true affinity between Benjamin and luminaries such as Aby Warburg.

In essence, Weigel’s work stands as a testament to the enduring resonance of Benjamin’s insights, offering a luminous guide through the labyrinth of his thought and reaffirming his position as a beacon of intellectual inquiry in the tumultuous seas of modernity.

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Walter Benjamin: Images, the Creaturely, and the Holy


Stanford University Press


Sigrid Weigel

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ISBN/EAN        9780804780605