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Postsecular Benjamin: Agency and Tradition
by Brian Britt
Northwestern University Press, 2016
eISBN: 978-0-8101-3321-1 | Cloth: 978-0-8101-3320-4 | Paper: 978-0-8101-3319-8
Library of Congress Classification B3209.B584B74 2016
Dewey Decimal Classification 093

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In readings of Walter Benjamin's work, religion often marks a boundary between scholarly camps, but it rarely receives close and sustained scrutiny. Benjamin's most influential writings pertain to modern art and culture, but he frequently used religious language while rejecting both secularism and religious revival. Benjamin was, in today's terms, postsecular. Postsecular Benjamin explicates Benjamin's engagements with religious traditions as resources for contemporary debates on secularism, conflict, and identity. Brian Britt argues that what animates this work on tradition is the question of human agency, which he pursues through lively and sustained experimentation with ways of thinking, reading, and writing.
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