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Walter Benjamin and Theology
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Walter Benjamin and Theology

Colby Dickinson and Stéphane Symons

Abstract

In the Arcades Project, Walter Benjamin writes that his work is “related to theology as blotting pad is related to ink. It is saturated with it. Were one to go by the blotter, however, nothing of what is written would remain.” For a thinker so decisive to critical literary, cultural, political and aesthetic writings over the past half-century, Benjamin’s relationship to theological matters has been less observed than it should. This volume aims not to be a mere addition to debates that were opened decades ago, but rather to establish a new site from which to address the issue of Benjamin’s rel ... More

Keywords: Benjamin, Walter, fragment, messianic, political, theology, theological

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780823270170
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823270170.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colby Dickinson, editor
Loyola University Chicago

Stéphane Symons, editor
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

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Front Matter

Introduction

Colby Dickinson and Stéphane Symons

Metaphysics of Transience, Natural and Supernatural Life, and Apokatastasis

Fidelity, Love, Eros

Sigrid Weigel

The Will to Apokatastasis

Michael W. Jennings

Historical, Religious, and Philosophical Influences

Dislocated Messianism: Modernity, Marxism, and Violence

On Benjamin’s Baudelaire

Giorgio Agamben