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Kontingente Konnektionen. Walter Benjamins Kritik der Schuld

Daniel Loick

Abstract

This essay explores Walter Benjamin’s critique of the concept of guilt as it underlies the occidental notion of “connective justice”. It describes both the political-moral and the psychological-ethical effects of guilt and reconstructs Benjamin’s idea of ‘Entsühnung’, understood as a rigorous termination of the circle between act and consequence. Finally, possible political, ethical and historical alternatives are discussed.

Published Online: 2012-11-13
Published in Print: 2012-11

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