Los Angeles Review of Books: Critic or Translator? On Eli Friedlander’s “Walter Benjamin and the Idea of Natural History”

IN THE ROLL CALL of great Western philosophers, big hitters are often identified by their magnum opuses. Plato? The Republic. Kant? Critique of Pure Reason. Heidegger? Being and Time. The problem with Walter Benjamin, however, is that he never wrote a book that sets out a single, unified philosophy, so many refuse to admit him […]

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