By Michael Mack
While many different post-Holocaust Jewish thinkers - together with Derrida - have focused on a refusal of totality and party of 'otherness', the poet and highbrow Franz Baermann Steiner (1909-1952) combines this emphasis with an equivalent rigidity at the 'need' for convinced jointly stated limits. subsequent to the broader importance of this booklet 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 precise exam of Steiner's anthropology and philosophy and its relation to the paintings of his shut highbrow good friend Canetti.
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Extra info for Anthropology as Memory: Elias Canetti’s and Franz Baermann Steiner’s Responses to the Shoah
69-70. Elias Canetti: The Torch in My Ear. Trans, by J. Neugroschel. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux 1982, p. 71. For a discussion of Kraus's influence on intellectual life in Vienna see Edward Timms: Karl Kraus. Apocalyptic Satirist. Culture and Catastrophe in Habsburg Vienna. New Haven: Yale University Press 1986. Canetti's charaterization of Kraus as a mass-leader is unfair. For a discussion of Canetti's simplistic characterization of both Kraus and his audience see Josef Quack: Über Elias Canettis Verhältnis zu Karl Kraus.
A human being who falls down reminds us of an animal we might have hunted and brought down ourselves. Every sudden fall which arouses laughter does so because it suggests helplessness and reminds us that the fallen can, if we want, be treated as prey. If we went further and actually ate it, we would not laugh. We laugh instead of eating it. Laughter is our physical reaction to the escape of potential food. As Hobbes said, laughter expresses a sudden feeling of superiority, but he did not add that it only occurs when the normal consequences of this superiority do not ensue.
Hamburg: Europäische Verlagsanstalt 1995, p. 122. Kurt Bartsch: Der größte Experte der Macht. Elias Canetti über Franz Kafka und den Dichter als >Gegenbild< des Machthaber. In: Bartsch / Melzer, Experte der Macht Elias Canetti (p. 11, note 10), p. 133-147, p. 145. « Canetti, Aufzeichnungen 1942-1985 (p. 4, note 13), p. 115. Canetti, The Human Province (p. 7, note 21), p. 84. An interesting parallel can be found in Broch's Vergil who becomes part of the crowd so as better to understand it. Canetti, The Human Province (p.