Images of History: Kant, Benjamin, Freedom and the Human Subject

2017.02.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Richard Eldridge, Images of History: Kant, Benjamin, Freedom and the Human Subject, Oxford University Press, 2016, 235pp., $65.00
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2017.02.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Richard Eldridge, Images of History: Kant, Benjamin, Freedom and the Human Subject, Oxford University Press, 2016, 235pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190605322. Reviewed by Richard Velkley, Tulane University Richard Eldridge has written original, illuminating and highly regarded books on Wittgenstein, Romanticism, the philosophy of art and modernism in the arts. His philosophic themes and problematic have debts he readily avows to Stanley Cavell. In a manner recalling Cavell, Eldridge shows the philosophic import of authors and questions usually placed on the periphery of philosophy. His first book, on Wittgenstein, exposes affinities between that philosopher and the thought of Goethe and Romantic philosophy. In the present work he relates the central pillar of philosophic modernity, Kant, to a writer rarely considered a philosopher by analytically trained Anglophone philosophers, Walter Benjamin. In the course. . .

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