The originality of this paper lies in the fact that it illustrates the primary importance of the theory of the mimetic faculty, the notion of physiognomic perception, and the work of Heinz Werner to Walter Benjamin’s theory of commodity fetishism that to date has been largely underdeveloped. But, more importantly, the paper shows that Benjamin’s theory of experience could illuminate a path toward developing a theory of experience within a fundamental philosophical anthropology.
I would like to thank the participants of the 2011 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College Teachers, entitled “Walter Benjamin’s Later Writings: The Arcades Project, Commodity Culture, and Historiography,” and especially the director of the seminar, Alex Gelley, for invaluable comments on an early version of this paper. Finally, I would like to express immense gratitude to my wife, Lisa Yount, for the patience and support to participate in the seminar and finalize the paper afterwards.
Skees, M. (2015), "Memories Standing Outside of the Self: The Commodity, the Collector, and Walter Benjamin’s Theory of Experience", Consumer Culture Theory (Research in Consumer Behavior, Vol. 17), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 223-254. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0885-211120150000017011Download as .RIS
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