Walter Benjamin’s magnum opus was a book he did not live to write. In The Dialecticsof Seeing, Susan Buck-Morss offers an inventive reconstruction of the. The Dialectics of Seeing: Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project. Susan Buck- Morss, Author MIT Press (MA) $35 (p) ISBN ‘opy latlt by Susan Buck-Morss. All rights reserved. . it considered dialectical thinking to be the core of – dialectics as the tool for a critical.
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The Dialectics of Seeing: Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project by Susan Buck-Morss
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Working with Benjamin’s vast files of citations and commentary which contain a myriad of historical details from the od of consumer culture, Buck-Morss makes visible the conceptual structure that gives these fragments philosophical coherence. She uses images throughout the book to demonstrate that Benjamin took the debris of mass culture seriously as the source of philosophical truth.
The Paris Arcades that so fascinated Benjamin as they did the Surrealists whose “materialist metaphysics” he admired were the prototype, the 19th century “ur-form” of the modern shopping diaalectics.
Benjamin’s dialectics of seeing demonstrate how to read these consumer dream houses and so many other material objects of the time-from air balloons to women’s fashions, from Baudelaire’s poetry to Grandville’s cartoons-as anticipations of social utopia and, simultaneously, as clues for a radical political critique.
Buck-Morss plots Benjamin’s intellectual orientation on axes running east and west, north and south-Moscow Paris, Berlin-Naples-and shows how such thinking in coordinates can explain his understanding of “dialectics at a standstill.
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Table of contents Part 1: Review quote Buck-Morss has written a wonderful book. Although rigorously analytic, the book doesn’t sacrifice those qualities in Benjamin’s writing that are not reducible to method. His lyrical, hallucinatory evocation of the city as a place of dreams, myths, expectations.
Like Benjamin, Buck-Morss is a surrealist explorer, her mysteries unraveled by intuition, revealed by illusion. Book ratings by Goodreads.
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