The world through the eyes of Benjamin

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Akiko Nagasawa


Walter Benjamin (1892–1940) was one of the first important philosophers who, at that time, tried to develop a new concept of art. For him, it is a matter of changing our way of perception which refers to the change of social moral concepts due to technological development.

The new aspects which were hidden due to the prevailing perception referred to as rationality or consciousness can result from the so-called un-rational dark side. This is because our rational side is back-upped by its negative irrational side. With the allegoric way of cognition, according to Benjamin, one can understand this structure of perception; one can find not only the already existing relations but also the hidden interconnections among things at the same time. In my opinion, this versatility of the human view is a kind of our perception of reality.

In this context, I would like to show three fundamental concepts of Benjamin's cognition theory in this paper: the origin as goal, the allegory as method, and the "time of the now" as the period of decadence.


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Nagasawa, Akiko. 2004. “The World through the Eyes of Benjamin”. Diametros, no. 1 (September):53-60.
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