Fragments and Benjamin's Method

The fragments, which are mostly short and often seem to abbreviate a thought, only rarely allow us to glimpse how Benjamin planned to link them. He would often first write down ideas, pointed scribbles. It is impossible to determine whether he planned to retain them in the course of his work. Some theoretical notes contradict each other; others are hardly compatible. Moreover, many of Benjamin's texts are linked with quotations, and there mere interpretation of those citations cannot always be separated form Benjamin's own position.

[Tiedemann 932]






Related Fragments:
Abbreviated thoughts
The difficulties Tiedemann ascribes to The Arcades Project seem to apply to N@aS as well. The question of whether I plan to "retain them in the course of [my] work" is more difficult - these are meant to stay fragments,...
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