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Poetic ForcePoetry after Kant$
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Kevin McLaughlin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804791007

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804791007.001.0001

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Force and Image from Kant to Benjamin

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Poetic Force

Kevin McLaughlin

Stanford University Press

This chapter lays out the origins of Walter Benjamin's theory of the force of images in Kant's philosophy, in particular the Critique of the Power of Judgment and the second edition of the Critique of Pure Reason. It examines the influence of this theory throughout Benjamin's work: from his early essay on Friedrich HÖlderlin to his late Arcades Project.

Keywords:   force, power, virtuality, poetry

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