Walter Benjamin's Concept of Technique

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November 21, 2019

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Jan Sieber, « Walter Benjamin's Concept of Technique », Anthropology + Materialism, ID : 10.4000/am.944


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1. [An attempt of a short definition of technique in Walter Benjamin] Benjamin's concept of technique describes a practical relation to the world, implying special ontological, historical, political and aesthetic dimensions, across which Benjamin differentiates between a “first” (at first sight “traditional”) and a “second” technique (at first sight “modern”), for which the measure is instrumental and non-instrumental use. Ontologically, technique entails the constitution of the being of the ...

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