Benjamin, Einstein, nietzsche: Some remarks on the conclusion to the republic of the living

Peter Fenves*

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Abstract

The brief paper discusses the final sections of Miguel Vatter's Republic of the Living with particular attention to its use of popular science. Taking its point of departure from Vatter's contention that Benjamin's image of two counteracting forces in the so-called "Theological-Political Fragment" refers to Einstein's inclusion of a cosmological constant in the equations of general relativity, the paper shows that this suggestion, while intriguing, is improbable. By contrasting Benjamin's and Nietzsche's use of popular science with Vatter's, the paper concludes by asking whether the proposed concept of eternal life is as compatible with "the most rigorous materialism" as Vatter contends.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)537-543
Number of pages7
JournalPhilosophy Today
Volume60
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Keywords

  • Benjamin
  • Eddington
  • Einstein
  • Eternal return
  • Nietzsche

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy

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