Theory & Philosophy Reading Group 26: Walter Benjamin

Friday 31 March 2017, 7pm: Old Capitol Books and the Direct Action Monterey Network are teaming up again to continue their exploration of twentieth century fascism through theory and philosophy. Last month the philosophy group read Hannah Arendt – selections from Origins of Totalitarianism and Eichmann in Jerusalem. This month the reading group will be covering Walter Benjamin’s essay “Theory of German Fascism.”

walter_benjamin_vers_1928-4b3232f13adc97ba917360333185fc8eAbout Walter Benjamin

Walter Benjamin’s importance as a philosopher and critical theorist can be gauged by the diversity of his intellectual influence and the continuing productivity of his thought. Primarily regarded as a literary critic and essayist, the philosophical basis of Benjamin’s writings is increasingly acknowledged. They were a decisive influence upon Theodor W. Adorno’s conception of philosophy’s actuality or adequacy to the present (Adorno 1931). In the 1930s, Benjamin’s efforts to develop a politically oriented, materialist aesthetic theory proved an important stimulus for both the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory and the Marxist poet and dramatist Bertolt Brecht. (From the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)


This month we’ll be reading Walter Benjamin’s “Theories of German Fascism.” You can download a copy for free here.

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