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By Jan Urbich

Those lectures, given in 2014 on the „Càtedra Walter Benjamin“, research the philosophical relatives among of the best sleek German philosophers, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Walter Benjamin. it really is proven what shut connections in particular Benjamin’s Epistemo-Critical Prologue has to a few basic facets of Hegel’s metaphysics and epistemology. via illuminating a definite compatibility of ways among German Idealism and Early severe idea about the chance and necessity of metaphysical principles and theories, the lectures show why modernity can't easily be referred to as a „postmetaphysical“ age. Metaphysics is not just invaluable for philosophy to be able to deal with its issues thoroughly, however it can be crucial for people’ religious in addition to functional freedom, quite within the sleek age.

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E. within the use and the practices of a certain time, in order to understand what they reveal about the general spirit and the structures of an age. 48 By the use of verbal densification, Benjamin extends and deepens even the most common, insignificant, transitory subjects into a highly general, philosophical, sometimes even divine, sublime meaning. One can see this paradigmatically in the way he analyses the arcades in Paris as a phenomena which unconsciously allow an understanding of how the whole modern age and its capitalistic formation emerged and spread.

25 The explanation for elements of Hegelian thought in Benjamin’s metaphysics can draw upon the fact that Hegelianism had an enormous influence upon 19th Century German philosophy, and on the fact that hidden concepts, figures of thought and patterns of argumentation from Hegel expanded into all fields of philosophical thinking, even into schools of thought opposed to Hegelianism. This shows how the coherence and contiguity of a certain tradition determines the effect of its concepts and meanings partly behind the backs of subjects, and without them knowing exactly where all the elements that hover around them in contemporary thinking and the dominant discourse actually come from.

At the same time, he always insisted on the necessity of objective fundamental ideas which provide the ontological norms of being itself, and which cannot be described by empirical means or the naturalistic methods of science. Benjamin, especially in his works up to the Trauerspiel book, emphasized against the neo-Kantianism of the late 19th century and against Husserl’s phenomenology, that categorical concepts include a “temporal core” rather than having their truth “as something invariable to the movement of history”,18 as Adorno put it.

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