By Benjamin, Walter; Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm; Benjamin, Walter; Nietzsche, Friedrich; McFarland, Philip James
Constellation is the 1st prolonged exploration of the connection among Walter Benjamin, the Weimar-era progressive cultural critic, and the unconventional thinker Friedrich Nietzsche. The affinity among those noncontemporaneous thinkers serves as a restrict case manifesting the precariousness and potentials of cultural transmission in a disappointed present.
In 5 chapters, Constellation provides the altering determine of Nietzsche as Benjamin encountered him: an concept to his scholar activism, an expert for his skeptical philology, a manifestation of his philosophical nihilism, a better half in his political exile, and finally a subversive collaborator in his efforts to imagine past the hopeless temporality--new and constantly the same--of the current second in history.
By excavating this ignored dating philologically and elaborating its philosophical implications within the surviving texts of either males, Constellation produces new and compelling readings in their works and during them triangulates a theoretical restrict within the current, a fractured "now-time" suspended among insanity and suicide, from which the collective destiny regains a degree of consequential and transformative power