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Benjamin, Walter
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(Jul 15, 1892, Berlin – Sep 27, 1940, Port Bou, France) left a rich oeuvre as a writer, translator, and philosopher. In the center of Benjamin's thought stands the attempt to rehabilitate religious, magical, and speculative experience in the medium of language. Benjamin wishes to regard the phenomena of the world from the perspective of their inevitably materializing meaning, and to interpret them as the anticipation of a messianically redeemed world. – Benjamin received his Ph.D.…

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Figal, Günter, “Benjamin, Walter”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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