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The hierarchy of the senses has been largely established over the course of history. According to Walter Benjamin in his essay Das Kunstwerk im Zeitalter seiner technischen Reproduzierbarkeit (The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction), “Over long periods of history, the mode of human sense perception has changed along with the rest of human existence. The manner in which the senses are organized, the medium in which sensation is accomplished, is determined not only by nature but also by the historical circumstances.”

Since antiquity eyesight has dominated the …

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Encke, Julia, “Senses”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 26 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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