By Jan Urbich
Those lectures, given in 2014 on the „Càtedra Walter Benjamin“, research the philosophical family members among of the best glossy German philosophers, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Walter Benjamin. it's proven what shut connections specially Benjamin’s Epistemo-Critical Prologue has to a few primary points of Hegel’s metaphysics and epistemology. through illuminating a undeniable compatibility of ways among German Idealism and Early severe idea in regards to the chance and necessity of metaphysical rules and theories, the lectures display why modernity can't easily be known as a „postmetaphysical“ age. Metaphysics is not just precious for philosophy which will deal with its themes properly, however it is additionally crucial for people’ religious in addition to sensible freedom, quite within the sleek age.
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In Benjamin’s One-Way Street (1928), it says: “Fools lament the decay of criticism. For its day is long past. Criticism is a matter of correct distancing. ”8 In Adorno’s Minima Moralia (1951), the same argument is elaborated further: He who stands aloof runs the risk of believing himself better than others and misusing his critique of society as an ideology for his private interest. ] The detached observer is as much entangled as the active participant; the only advantage of the former is insight into his entanglement, and the infinitesimal freedom that lies in knowledge as such.
1, 212) This enumeration of valid philosophical systems is a necessary as well as sufficient procedure for the Prologue. 58 Naming Hegel in addition to these two can therefore be understood at least as permission for us to decipher this text in relation to his philosophy. The Prologue will thus prove the validity of these three philosophical theories in different ways and via different layers of textual representation, both exoteric (regarding Plato and Leibniz) and esoteric (regarding Hegel). 59 In the following introduction, I will not explicate all the different partial congruencies that could be noted between Benjamin’s and Hegel’s aesthetics, philosophy of history or social philosophy, in order to prove to you how meaningful it is to connect them.
These can easily be recognized in the way Lukács emphasizes and develops the epistemological foundations of Marxist theory with the help of Hegelian instruments without erasing the materialistic critique of Hegel. From Lukács, Benjamin derives crucial impulses towards the key epistemological and ontological foundations of his philosophy as expressed in the Epistemo-Critical Prologue: but all of these impulses in Lukács are rooted in Hegel’s idea of truth and being. The idea of the temporality of truth, the idea of the normative difference between truth and knowledge or correctness (Wahrheit und Erkenntnis/ Richtigkeit), the dialectics of subject and object, the idea of a general need for mediation and the critique of all apparent immediacy or intellectual intuition (intellektuelle Anschauung), the idea of a complex and unrestrained concept of experience, and the idea of a universal reason that expresses itself in philosophy: all these elements and even more Benjamin learns from Lukács, who in turn admittedly gains them from his reading of Hegel.