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ConstellationFriedrich Nietzsche and Walter Benjamin in the Now-Time of History$
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James McFarland

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823245369

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823245369.001.0001

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Mortal Youth

Mortal Youth

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(p.16) Chapter One Mortal Youth
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Constellation
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James McFarland

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823245369.003.0001

This chapter reconstructs Walter Benjamin's youthful physiognomy as part of the antebellum youth movement in Germany in order to delimit the role that Nietzsche played in this stage of Benjamin's career. The chapter identifies the dialogic nature of Benjamin's thought, the explosive nature of Nietzsche's, and the centrality of death in relating these thought to one another. It registers both thinkers as activists, who understood thought as intellectual activity designed to alter the world in fundamental ways.

Keywords:   German youth movement, Dialogic philosophy, Christoph Friedrich Heinle, Educational reform

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