Politics of Benjamin’s Kafka: Philosophy as Renegade

  • Brendan Moran

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Inhumanly Wise Shame

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  3. Anxiety and Attentiveness

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      Pages 125-125
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  4. Politics

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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 313-350

About this book


This book provides a critical assessment of Benjamin’s writings on Franz Kafka and of Benjamin’s related writings. Eliciting from Benjamin’s writings a conception of philosophy that is political in its dissociation from – its becoming renegade in relation to, its philosophic shame about – established laws, norms, and forms, the book compares Benjamin’s writings with relevant works by Agamben, Heidegger, Levinas, and others. In relating Benjamin’s writings on Kafka to Benjamin’s writings on politics, the study delineates a philosophic impetus in literature and argues that this impetus has potential political consequences.  Finally, the book is critical of Benjamin’s messianism insofar as it is oriented by the anticipated elimination of exceptions and distractions.  Exceptions and distractions are, the book argues, precisely what literature, like other arts, brings to the fore.  Hence the philosophic, and the political, importance of literature. 


Kafka Walter Benjamin Literature Politics Messianism

Authors and affiliations

  • Brendan Moran
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-72010-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-72011-1
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