Werner Hamacher
Minima Philologica (Idiom: Inventing Writing Theory)


Werner Hamacher (1948-2017) - one of the most famous philosophers and philologists in Germany, the founder of the Institute of Comparative Literature study at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. He is often attributed to the circle of such thinkers as Jacques Derrida, JeanLuc Nancy and Giorgio Agambin. Werner Hamacher is the most significant post-structuralist philosopher to have ever written in German. In addition, he is a form-building author in American and German Germanistics and the philosophy of culture; He wrote widely known and insightful commentaries on the texts of Walter Benjamin and influential works on Kant, Hegel, Kleist, Celan, and others. Many of his articles have become classics and have been translated into several languages. The book "Minima philologica", which theoretically justifies the need for philology, consists of two parts: "95 Theses on philology", expressed in the form of a philosophical aphorism and continuing the important tradition of Friedrich Schlegel and Theodor Adorno, and the essay "For - Philology", in which the theoretical basis of philology is discussed in prose form on the example of a poem by Paul Celan about the power of language. The book was translated by the poet Anna Glazova (previously translated poems and prose by Kafka, Walser, Rilke, Celan), the translation was edited by Ivan Boldyrev, PhD, doctoral at the Institute of German Literature at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

ISBN 978-5-89059-386-3