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The Myth of DisenchantmentMagic, Modernity, and the Birth of the Human Sciences$
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Jason A. Josephson-Storm

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226403229

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226403533.001.0001

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Dialectic of Darkness: The Magical Foundations of Critical Theory

Dialectic of Darkness: The Magical Foundations of Critical Theory

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(p.209) Chapter Eight Dialectic of Darkness: The Magical Foundations of Critical Theory
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The Myth of Disenchantment
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Jason Ā. Josephson-Storm

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226403533.003.0009

“Dialectic of Darkness: The Magical Foundations of Critical Theory,” focuses on the German neo-pagan poet and philosopher Ludwig Klages, who formulated much of the terminology and critique of modernity as the “domination of nature” that would later become associated with the Frankfurt School. It then looks at Klages’s influence on German-Jewish philosopher and literary theorist Walter Benjamin, demonstrating that much of the terminology that seems so peculiar to Benjamin—the aura, constellations, correspondences, angels, and Ur-images—all were current in German esoteric circles while Benjamin was coming to his most important ideas.

Keywords:   Ludwig Klages, Walter Benjamin, Critical Theory, Frankfurt School, aura, constellations, Neo-Paganism, Poststructuralism, Postmodernism, Logocentrism, Continental Philosophy

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