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Mimesis, Humanism and History

  • Barry StockerEmail author
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Abstract

Erich Auerbach is considered as a theorist of mimesis and of the decline of Europe, influenced by Vico. His more humanist view is compared with the anti-humanism of Walter Benjamin and Theodor Adorno, to the extent that they see the current civilisation as doomed and lacking in ideals. This Marxist view is compared with more conservative and liberal views of the growth of state power. Adorno and Benjamin are compared as more nihilistic and more religious thinkers. Their views of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century novel are discussed.

Keywords

Erich Auerbach Theodor Adorno Walter Benjamin Marxism Humanism Mimesis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Istanbul Technical UniversityIstanbulTurkey

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