Impracticable Utopias

Hofmannsthal, Lukács Benjamin

in The Unpolitical

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230037
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235834 | DOI:
Impracticable Utopias

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This chapter discusses how novelists like Hofmannsthal, Lukács, and Benjamin viewed English political thought in a most perfect way. Von Hofmannsthal believed that the role of the artist took shape as someone who created works rather than preserving ideas in a creative form. His view on the relationship of the uncanny to “language” is present, as is the view that everyday life relieves the past. The transience of words and forms is also discussed. Lukács, on the other hand, viewed the tragedy of culture as a necessary, self-fulfillment in forms that exhibit an independent logic that leads further away from their original goal to realize the subject, and that these forms of culture liberate themselves from the subjective spirit. However, Benjamin's critique is aware of the substantial affinity of tragedy with prophecy because he believed that even prophecy is based on theory and the mythic recognition of the cosmic order.

Keywords: novelist; artist; language; transience; tragedy

Chapter.  21703 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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