On Creaturely Life
Rilke, Benjamin, Sebard New edition
By (author) Eric L. Santner
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On Creaturely Life by Eric L. Santner
Book DescriptionIn his "Duino Elegies", Rainer Maria Rilke suggests that animals enjoy direct access to a realm of being - the open - concealed from humans by the workings of consciousness and self-consciousness. In his own reading of Rilke, Martin Heidegger reclaims the open as the proper domain of human existence, but suggests that human life remains haunted by vestiges of an animal-like relation to its surroundings. Walter Benjamin, in turn, was to show that such vestiges - what Eric Santner calls the creaturely - have a biopolitical aspect: they are linked to the processes that inscribe life in the realm of power and authority. Santner traces this theme of creaturely life from its poetic and philosophical beginnings in the first half of the twentieth century to the writings of the enigmatic German novelist W. G. Sebald. Sebald's entire oeuvre, Santner argues, can be seen as an archive of creaturely life. For Sebald, the work on such an archive was inseparable from his understanding of what it means to engage ethically with another person's history and pain, an engagement that transforms us from indifferent individuals into neighbors.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226735030
(216mm x 185mm x 18mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 30-Jun-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Eric L. Santner
Weight of All Flesh, Hardback (January 2016)
In The Weight of All Flesh, what Marx characterized as the dual character of the labor embodied in the commodity is shown to be a two-body doctrine transferred from the political theology of sovereignty (and its inherent doxa of the King's Two Bodies) to the realm of political economy.
Neighbor, Paperback (August 2013)
Shows how the problem of neighbor love opens questions that are fundamental to ethical inquiry and suggest a new theological configuration of political theory. This title explores today's central historical problem: the persistence of the theological in the political.
Royal Remains, Paperback (May 2011)
In early modern Europe, the king's body was literally sovereign. This title demonstrates the ways in which democratic societies have continued many of the rituals and practices associated with kingship in displaced, distorted, and, usually, unrecognizable forms.
On the Psychotheology of Everyday Life, Paperback (May 2001)» View all books by Eric L. Santner
This text puts Sigmund Freud in dialogue with Franz Rosenzwig in the service of re-imagining ethical and political life. Santner makes an argument for understanding revelation in theraputic terms and offers a look at how this understanding suggests ways of re-conceiving political community.
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Author Biography - Eric L. Santner
Eric L. Santner is the Philip and Ida Romberg Professor in Modern Germanic Studies and chair of the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Chicago. He is the author of On the Psychotheology of Everyday Life and coauthor of The Neighbor, both published by the University of Chicago Press.
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