Emerging ‘Orders’: The Contemporary Relevance of Religion and Teaching in Walter Benjamin’s Early Thought
In an attempt to comprehend Walter Benjamin’s interest in religion and religiosity, I will primarily refer to those texts in which he explicitly discusses — and allocates a central role to — religion.2 Rather than starting with any established concept of religion, I will be guided by Benjamin’s own texts, from which I will quote extensively. Just what Benjamin may have meant by ‘religion’ is one of the questions to which the reflections which follow are intended to provide an answer.
KeywordsReligious Experience Universal Validity Epistemological Foundation Religious Feeling Contemporary Relevance
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