By Richard Eldridge
Both Immanuel Kant and Walter Benjamin realize this truth. each one sees a distinct position for spiritual attention and significant perform within the articulation and revision of beliefs which are to have cultural influence, yet they range sharply within the sorts of religious-philosophical figuring out, cultural feedback, and political perform that they favor.
Kant defends a liberal, reformist, Protestant stance, emphasizing the significance of liberty, person rights, and democratic associations. His fullest photograph of move towards an ethical tradition appears to be like in Religion in the Bounds of Mere Reason, the place he describes conjecturally the emergence of a moral commonwealth.
Benjamin defends a politics of improvisatory alertness and consciousness-raising that's suspicious of growth and liberal reform. He practices a sort of modernist, materialist feedback that's strongly rooted in his encounters with Kant, Hölderlin, and Goethe. His fullest, entire photo of this serious perform looks in One-Way Street, the place he strains the continued strength of unhappy desires.
By drawing on either Kant and Benjamin, Eldridge hopes to prevent either moralism (standing on sharply detailed normative commitments in any respect charges) and waywardness (rejecting all settled commitments). And in doing so, he seeks to make greater feel of the commitment-forming, commitment-revising, frightened, reflective and infrequently adult acculturated human matters we are.
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Images of History: Kant, Benjamin, Freedom, and the Human Subject by Richard Eldridge