Philosophy, Aesthetics, History
A balance of original work by Benjamin and important commentary on his works, this volume includes the crucial chapter from Benjamin's magnum opus The Arcades Project, his "Program of the Coming Philosophy," and "Central Park," as well as essays by leading scholars (including Theodor W. Adorno, Leo Lowenthal, and Rolf Tiedemann) that treat single philosophical themes and relate his ideas to those of other thinkers such as Gadamer, Goodmann, and Rosenzweig. Gary Smith's introduction to the volume provides an extremely useful and sophisticated entrée for readers unaccustomed to the breadth of Benjamin's philosophical allusions, as well as an informative summation of the contents of the volume. This book will be of interest to philosophers, literary theorists, art historians, anthropologists, and other social scientists.
1. On the Program of the Coming Philosophy
2. Benjamin the Scrivener
3. Translators' Introduction to "N"
Leigh Hafrey and Richard Sieburth
4. N [Re the Theory of Knowledge, Theory of Progress]
Theodor W. Adorno
6. Production, Reception, Criticism: Walter Benjamin and the Problem of Meaning in Art
7. Benjamin's Dialectic of Art and Society
8. Benjamin on Reproducibility and Aura: A Reading of "The Work of Art in the Age of its Technical Reproducibility
9. Historical Materialism or Political Messianism? An Interpretation of the Theses "On the Concept of History"
10. Experience and Materialism in Benjamin's Passagenwerk
11. Walter Benjamin and Franz Rosenzweig
12. The Integrity of the Intellectual: In Memory of Walter Benjamin
13. Appendix: Walter Benjamin in English: A Bibliography of Translations