Benjamin's -abilities

By Weber, Samuel M. & Benjamin, Walter

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ISBN
978-0-67402-837-1
Publisher
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2008.


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Reviewed on June 1, 2008

Here, Weber (Theatricality as Medium) approaches literary and cultural critic Walter Benjamin's (1892-1940) theory through a feature of his language. Benjamin often used nouns ending in -barkeit, the German equivalent of -ability. Weber contends that this is a key to Benjamin's thought, that the suffix denotes the potentiality concepts have to shape and structure phenomena. Concepts both preserve and transform phenomena: by using the -ability su...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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