By Michael Mack
While many different post-Holocaust Jewish thinkers - together with Derrida - have targeting a refusal of totality and party of 'otherness', the poet and highbrow Franz Baermann Steiner (1909-1952) combines this emphasis with an equivalent tension at the 'need' for sure jointly said limits. subsequent to the broader value of this e-book for discussions of Holocaust reviews on the subject of present theoretical and social concerns, it's going to additionally provide a brand new interpretation of Elias Canetti's paintings. this can be the 1st distinctive exam of Steiner's anthropology and philosophy and its relation to the paintings of his shut highbrow good friend Canetti.
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Extra info for Anthropology as Memory: Elias Canetti’s and Franz Baermann Steiner’s Responses to the Shoah
In his play The Doomed (Die Befristeten) Canetti has shown how lethal an effect »good news« can have. There the discovery of the deathcapsule's voidness leads to aggression rather than to freedom, so one can conclude that the discovery of truth must be uncomfortable and thorny in order to have an ethical impact. The hope-inspired rebel Fünfzig who shows the people the death-capsules which supposedly carry the prescribed date of each individual's death at a time at which they are killed by those who hold power, represents the intellectual who believes in the possibility of improving human life by intimating how easy and comfortable it could be.
65 In this way, Canetti's autobiography might offer an alternative to the bleak world depicted in his magnum opus. This may be the case; one should, however, be careful not to apply to a text like Crowds and Power, the criteria which one might apply to an autobiography. Crowds and Power has a more complex structure as it is a work of both science and literature, and, as such, its exertion of power is likely to have different aims from those shown in an autobiography. 65 See Eigler, Das autobiographische Werk von Elias Canetti (p.
Elias Canetti. Königstein/Ts: Athenäum 1985, p. 4555. Moser has argued that Die Blendung depicts the realization of mad obsessions. See Manfred Moser: Musil, Canetti, Eco, Calvino. Die überholte Philosophie. Wien: Verlag des Verbandes der Wissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft Österreichs 1986 (Klagenfurter Beiträge zur Philosophie), p. 72-73. See Dieter Dissinger: Vereinzelung und Massenwahn. Elias Canettis Roman Die Blendung. Bonn: Bouvier 1971 (Studien zur Germanistik, Anglistik und Komparatistik; 11), p.
Anthropology as Memory: Elias Canetti’s and Franz Baermann Steiner’s Responses to the Shoah by Michael Mack