Historiography and Remembrance: On Walter Benjamin’s Concept of Eingedenken
AbstractEngaging with Walter Benjamin’s concept of Eingedenken (remembrance), this article explores the pivotal role that remembrance plays in his attempt to develop a radically new vision of history, temporality, and human agency. Building on his essay “On Some Motifs in Baudelaire” and on his last written text, “Theses on the Philosophy of History”, it will trace how memory and historiography are brought together in a curious fusion of materialist and messianic thinking. Emerging from a critique of modernity and its ideology of progress that is cast as crisis—the practice of remembrance promises a ‘way out’. Many of Benjamin’s secular Marxist critics such as Max Horkheimer and Rolf Tiedemann, however, denied the political significance of Eingedenken—dismissing it as theological or banishing it to the realm of aesthetics. Rejecting this critique, I suggest that the radical ethical aspects of Eingedenken can be grasped only once the theological dimension is embraced in its own right and that it is in precisely this blend of materialist and messianic thought that revolutionary hope may be found. View Full-Text
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Bohn, C.O. Historiography and Remembrance: On Walter Benjamin’s Concept of Eingedenken. Religions 2019, 10, 40.
Bohn CO. Historiography and Remembrance: On Walter Benjamin’s Concept of Eingedenken. Religions. 2019; 10(1):40.Chicago/Turabian Style
Bohn, Charlotte O. 2019. "Historiography and Remembrance: On Walter Benjamin’s Concept of Eingedenken." Religions 10, no. 1: 40.
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