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Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie

Zweimonatsschrift der internationalen philosophischen Forschung

Ed. by Demmerling, Christoph / Esser, Andrea Marlen / Krüger, Hans-Peter / Menke, Christoph

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Volume 60, Issue 5


Kontingente Konnektionen. Walter Benjamins Kritik der Schuld

Daniel Loick
Published Online: 2012-11-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/dzph.2012.0054


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.

Keywords: Walter Benjamin; ethics; connective justice; guilt Jewishness

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Published Online: 2012-11-13

Published in Print: 2012-11-01

Citation Information: Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie Zweimonatsschrift der internationalen philosophischen Forschung, Volume 60, Issue 5, Pages 725–742, ISSN (Print) 0012-1045, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/dzph.2012.0054.

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