Walter Benjamin and the Inhumanities: Towards a Pedagogical Anti-Nietzscheanism

Charles, M. (2013) Walter Benjamin and the Inhumanities: Towards a Pedagogical Anti-Nietzscheanism. In: Pedagogies of Disaster. Punctum Books, Brooklyn, New York, pp. 331-341. ISBN 9780615898711

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The following discussion is intended as a critical intervention into recent debates about the “crisis of the humanities,” reading the symptomaticity of crisis in the medical sense of a turning point. It does so from the perspective of the work of Walter Benjamin, whose own transdisciplinary practice of thought has been characterized as a “philosophy directed against philosophy” and a “philosophizing beyond philosophy,” and stands as a model for the kind of intellectual and para-academic activity evoked here. Historically re-situating Benjamin’s famous allegory of the Angel of History from the twentieth-century context of the “crisis of culture” to the contemporary “crisis of education,” it attempts to reconstruct a dialectical understanding of pedagogization within Benjamin’s work, which is used to sketch out the contours of a critically reimagined pedagogy of the Inhumanities.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Walter Benjamin, Friedrich Nietzsche, Inhumanities, education, humanities, pedagogy;
Subjects: University of Westminster > Social Sciences and Humanities
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