Walter Benjamin and the Inhumanities: Towards a Pedagogical Anti-Nietzscheanism

Charles, M. 2013. Walter Benjamin and the Inhumanities: Towards a Pedagogical Anti-Nietzscheanism. in: Pedagogies of Disaster Brooklyn, New York Punctum Books. pp. 331-341

Chapter titleWalter Benjamin and the Inhumanities: Towards a Pedagogical Anti-Nietzscheanism
AuthorsCharles, M.
Abstract

The following discussion is intended as a critical intervention into recent debates about the “crisis of the humanities,” reading the symptomaticity of crisis in the medical sense of a turning point. It does so from the perspective of the work of Walter Benjamin, whose own transdisciplinary practice of thought has been characterized as a “philosophy directed against philosophy” and a “philosophizing beyond philosophy,” and stands as a model for the kind of intellectual and para-academic activity evoked here. Historically re-situating Benjamin’s famous allegory of the Angel of History from the twentieth-century context of the “crisis of culture” to the contemporary “crisis of education,” it attempts to reconstruct a dialectical understanding of pedagogization within Benjamin’s work, which is used to sketch out the contours of a critically reimagined
pedagogy of the Inhumanities.

KeywordsWalter Benjamin, Friedrich Nietzsche, Inhumanities, education, humanities, pedagogy
Book titlePedagogies of Disaster
Page range331-341
Year2013
PublisherPunctum Books
Publication dates
Published04 Oct 2013
Place of publicationBrooklyn, New York
ISBN9780615898711
Web address (URL)http://punctumbooks.com/titles/pedagogies-of-disaster/

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