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Author(s): Alessandro Ottaviani

Journal: Aisthesis : Pratiche, Linguaggi e Saperi dell’Estetico
ISSN 2035-8466

Volume: 4;
Issue: 2;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Benjamin | Spengler | Goethe | Morphology.

ABSTRACT
This essay focuses on the complex relationship between Walter Benjamin and Goethe’s morphological doctrines as a key way into defining the concept of the dialectical image. By analysing a wide and scarcely explored literature, it reconsiders Benjamin’s critical response to the re-utilisation of Goethe's work by German biologists. It thus establishes a theoretical framework for delineating Benjamin's radical opposition to Spengler’s philosophy of history.
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