Walter Benjamin and the Post-Kantian Tradition engages with Benjamin as a theorist of a historical and philosophical problematic of modernity: a problematic that he finds manifested, in different philosophical guises, within scientific empiricism, neo-Kantianism and German Romanticism. The book takes us through these manifestations systematically and, in doing so, it demonstrates how Benjamin develops a unique form of materialist criticism from within the tension he locates within transcendent neo-Kantianism materialism and the immanent standpoints of scientific materialism and German Romanticism.
In Walter Benjamin and the Post-Kantian Tradition, Homburg offers a unique intervention regarding Benjamin’s epistemology. Additionally, Homburg offers a detailed, nuanced, and clear account of the intellectual linkage between the Neo-Kantians and Benjamin. For those who are interested in learning more about post-Kantian era epistemology and the ways in which it can be applied to modernity, this book is a must-read.
Phillip Homburg’s Walter Benjamin and the Post-Kantian Tradition is a close reading of Benjamin’s early thought that interprets Benjamin’s critiques of both Romanticism and neo-Kantianism as critiques of modernity itself. Homburg demonstrates that Benjamin is equally unconvinced by both the Romantic solution, and the neo-Kantian solution, to the longing for totality at work in the objectivity that modern philosophy presumes.
Phillip Homburg recently completed his PhD in Social and Political Thought at the University of Sussex.