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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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(p.103) Chapter Three Inscription

James McFarland

Fordham University Press

This chapter explores Nietzsche's archived posthumous papers (Nachlaß), characterizing the primal impetus of Nietzsche's writing and relating this to the discipline of philology and the institution of the university. Walter Benjamin's ambivalent relation to philological discipline and its scholarly embodiment is shown in the development of One Way Street, the book that formally explodes his academic treatise on Trauerspiel. The chapter concludes by examining the undisciplined rift in Nietzsche's humanism that renders his philosophy a powerfully destructive transhistorical procedure.

Keywords:   Inscription, Philology, University, Humanism

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