The Task of the Philosopher

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March 7, 2017

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Benjamin Walter Kant Immanuel Leibnitz Gottfried Wilhelm philosophy subjectivity philosophy of language epistemology experience truth theory of ideas philosophy of history origin monadology critical theory


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Sebastian Truskolaski et al., « The Task of the Philosopher », Anthropology + Materialism, ID : 10.4000/am.829


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Whenever the concept of a task appears in Benjamin’s writings, readers can be sure that the author is referring to a particular task – a task which, we will find, determines his project in a fundamental way. The most prominent elucidation hereof can be found in “The Task of the Translator” (1921-23), Benjamin’s famous preface to his translation of Baudelaire’s Tableaux Parisiens. There he argues that “[i]t is the task of the translator to release in his own language that pure language which i...

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