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Contemporary culture, today’s capitalism - our global information society - is ever-expanding-- is ever more extensive. And yet we seem to be experiencing a parallel phenomenon which can only be characterized as intensive. This book is dedicated to the study of such intensive culture. While extensive culture is a culture of the same: a culture of fixed equivalence; intensive culture is a culture of difference, of in-equivalence – the singular. Intensities generate what we encounter. They are virtuals or possibilities, always in process and always in movement. Lash carefully defines and distinguishes the intensive from the extensive tracking this change through key areas of social life including: SociologyReligionPhilosophy Language Politics Communication
Chapter 4: Intensive Language: Benjamin, God and the Name
Intensive Language: Benjamin, God and the Name
Leibniz and Benjamin: From the Monad to the Word
There is a lineage from Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz to Walter Benjamin. Benjamin addressed the monad in the preface to his Origin of German Tragic Drama (Trauerspiel) (1977b) in one of his most fundamental statements on method. In his work on Baudelaire's Paris, Benjamin treated the nineteenth-century arcades as monads to the extent that they were closed, and to which there were no windows or doors for anything to get in (Gunning 2003). But whereas intensity as philosophical thought is pivotal for Leibniz, for Benjamin at centre-stage is language. In this movement from philosophy to language, from the idea to the word, there is at ...