Rowman and Littlefield International

Walter Benjamin and the Post-Kantian Tradition

By (author) Phillip Homburg

Publication date:

15 November 2018

Length of book:

170 pages

Publisher

Rowman & Littlefield International

ISBN-13: 9781786603821

Walter Benjamin and the Post-Kantian Tradition engages with Benjamin as a theorist of a historical and philosophical problematic of modernity: a problematic that he finds manifested, in different philosophical guises, within scientific empiricism, neo-Kantianism and German Romanticism. The book takes us through these manifestations systematically and, in doing so, it demonstrates how Benjamin develops a unique form of materialist criticism from within the tension he locates within transcendent neo-Kantianism materialism and the immanent standpoints of scientific materialism and German Romanticism.

In Walter Benjamin and the Post-Kantian Tradition, Homburg offers a unique intervention regarding Benjamin’s epistemology. Additionally, Homburg offers a detailed, nuanced, and clear account of the intellectual linkage between the Neo-Kantians and Benjamin. For those who are interested in learning more about post-Kantian era epistemology and the ways in which it can be applied to modernity, this book is a must-read.