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Present Hope : Philosophy, Architecture, Judaism - Andrew Benjamin

Present Hope

Philosophy, Architecture, Judaism

Paperback Published: 17th July 1997
ISBN: 9780415133869
Number Of Pages: 192

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An understanding of what we mean by the present is one of the key issues in literature, philosophy, and culture today, but also one of the most neglected and misunderstood. Present Hope develops a fascinating philosophical understanding of the present, approaching this question via discussions of the nature of historical time, the philosophy of history, memory, and the role of tragedy.
Andrew Benjamin shows how we misleadingly view the present as simply a product of chronological time, ignoring the role of history and memory. Accordingly, discussion of what is meant by the present disappears from philosophical concern. To draw attention to this absence, Andrew Benjamin introduces the notion of hope and asks what this concept can tell us about the present.
At the heart of the outstanding work is an emphasis on the relation between hope and the Jewish tradition. Through discussions of philosophical responses to the Holocaust, the work of Walter Benjamin, Daniel Libeskind's Jewish Museum, and the poetry of Paul Celan, Present Hope shows how we must look beyond the purely philosophical horizon to understand the present we live in.

"A meditation on the European philosophical tradtition after the Holocaust, the possibility of continuing that tradition, and resolving the melancholy that defines modern consciousness." -Zachary J. Braiterman, Syracuse University "Religious Studies Review

Preface
Acknowledgements
Hope at the Presentp. 1
Time and Task: Benjamin and Heidegger Showing the Presentp. 26
Shoah, Remembrance and the Abeyance of Fate: Walter Benjamin's 'Fate and Character'p. 56
Awakening from Tragedy: Tragedy's Present Conditionp. 75
The Architecture of Hope: Daniel Libeskind's Jewish Museump. 103
Continuing With Poetry: Celan and Jabesp. 119
Conclusion: The Renewal of Hopep. 154
Notesp. 162
Indexp. 174
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ISBN: 9780415133869
ISBN-10: 0415133866
Series: Pathology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 17th July 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.65  x 1.47
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1