Critical Horizons 19 (2):140-156 (2018)

Authors
Alexander Stern
University of Notre Dame
Abstract
This paper is a reconstruction of Walter Benjamin's philosophy of language, especially as it expressed in 1916's “On Language as Such and the Language of Man”. I read Benjamin's theory as a contribution to what Charles Taylor has called the “expressivist” tradition that includes eighteenth century thinkers like J.G. Herder and J.G. Hamann. Hamann's work and his interpretation of the theological concept of condescension are of particular importance. Although Benjamin's views are often regarded as impenetrable or mystical, they are relevant to and, in part, motivated by concerns of more mainstream twentieth century philosophy of language, in particular Russell's paradox. His “metaphysics of language” understands reference or designation, central to analytic theories of meaning, as derived from a more fundamental, aesthetic meaning.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2017, 2018
ISBN(s)
DOI 10.1080/14409917.2017.1377456
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 55,935
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Philosophical Arguments.Charles Taylor - 1997 - Philosophical Quarterly 47 (186):94-96.
The Origin of German Tragic Drama.Walter Benjamin - 1978 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 37 (1):103-104.
Benjamin's -Abilities.Samuel Weber - 2008 - Harvard University Press.

View all 14 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Walter Benjamin's Philosophy of Language.Alexei Procyshyn - 2014 - Philosophy Compass 9 (6):368-381.
Walter Benjamin on Liturgical Embodiment.Nicholas Adams - 1998 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 1998 (113):113-134.
The Cambridge Companion to Walter Benjamin.David S. Ferris (ed.) - 2004 - Cambridge University Press.
A Language of the Border: On Scholem’s Theory of Lament.Ilit Ferber - 2013 - Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 21 (2):161-186.
Walter Benjamin En de Fenomenologie.Gerard Visser - 2007 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 69 (1):105 - 129.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2017-10-16

Total views
16 ( #613,301 of 2,403,076 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #552,435 of 2,403,076 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes