By Michael Mack
While many different post-Holocaust Jewish thinkers - together with Derrida - have focused on a refusal of totality and social gathering of 'otherness', the poet and highbrow Franz Baermann Steiner (1909-1952) combines this emphasis with an equivalent pressure at the 'need' for yes jointly stated limits. subsequent to the broader importance of this ebook for discussions of Holocaust reports with regards to present theoretical and social matters, it is going to additionally provide a brand new interpretation of Elias Canetti's paintings. this is often the 1st specified exam of Steiner's anthropology and philosophy and its relation to the paintings of his shut highbrow pal Canetti.
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P. 71. Canetti's phenomenological approach has also been noted by Dietsch. StefTen Dietzsch: Leben als Passion. Canettis Masse und Macht als Beitrag zum Verstehen der Moderne. In: Pattillo-Hess, Verwandlungsverbote und Befreiungsversuche in Canettis Masse und Macht (p. 16, note 27), p. 38^5. John Bayley: Canetti and Power. In: Hülse, Essays in Honor of Elias Canetti (p. 19, note 34), p. 129-145, p. 140. 32 Part I: Elias Canetti - Anthropology as Literature Herodotus, like Canetti, tells stories, but he adopts the authoritative stance of a scholar who always tells the truth so as to exert a powerful impact on the society in which he lives.
Indeed, Kien conceives of knowledge as something which cannot be shared;101 that is why we never leam anything about the actual substance of his scholarship. Edward Timms has noticed that Kien does not present any details of scholarly inquiries: Kien, as Canetti represents him, has no inner life. We may be told time and again that his mind is filled with oriental erudition; but these values are never shown. The reference in the opening scene of the novel to the wisdom of Mencius (Mong Tse) raises expectations of an intellectual feast which are never fulfilled.
Science, Power, Literature and the Holocaust 27 tion. The eater knows that he is endowed with the power to hunt for food and the one who laughs sees his superiority on an intellectual plane: someone who falls to the ground bodies-forth physical as well as mental inferiority (clumsiness). On account of this physical as well as mental inferiority, those who triumph laugh in order to make visible their superiority. Laughter therefore signals triumph. The pseudo-intellectual nature of such triumph comes to the fore in The Torch in My Ear, when Canetti describes Kraus's audience.
Anthropology as Memory: Elias Canetti’s and Franz Baermann Steiner’s Responses to the Shoah by Michael Mack