Posts Tagged ‘Walter Benjamin’

The Concept of the Alternative in Benjamin, Horkheimer, and Adorno


What distinguishes important philosophers is that their thoughts are still worthy of close study in different times and under changed circumstances. My essay begins by exploring the meaning and etymology of the term “alternative” (section 1). The article focuses in particular on the concept of alternative in the context of the Frankfurt School. I restrict myself primarily to remarks by Walter Benjamin, Max Horkheimer, and Theodor W. Adorno (sections 2 to 4). Benjamin and Horkheimer had to deal with disappointments about ostensible alternatives whose potential they overestimated over a long period of time, but which did not hold water. Leggi tutto »

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24 ALTERNATIVE December, 2019 - Autore:


Poverty and the Test of Experience: A Confrontation between Rilke and Benjamin


This essay focuses particularly on two German authors who, in the first thirty years of the twentieth century (when, starting with Expressionism, a confrontation with social poverty and its origins becomes unavoidable), seem to emerge over all others because of their originality and evocative power with respect to the theme of Armut, namely, Reiner Maria Rilke among the poets and Walter Benjamin among the philosophers. Leggi tutto »

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Numero 20 POVERTY December, 2017 - Autore:




The essay regards festivals as “the unusual” that inserts itself in our lives – lives that, on the contrary, have already delineated their usual direction. Within the world of festivals, life attains its own form by defining times, places, and communities that celebrate memories and feelings. Leggi tutto »

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Numero 15 FESTIVAL II October, 2015 - Autore:


Evaluation and Novelty


The thesis of this essay is that the current research quality evaluation system is allergic to greatness. The mantra of innovation seems intentionally made to caution us against novelty. Leggi tutto »

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Numero 13 EVALUATION February, 2015 - Autore:

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