Allusion Of Experience And Poverty

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“Poverty” (Armut) understood as Benjamin does in “Experience and poverty” has a double meaning here. On one hand, it may be interpreted as an allusion to the uncontrollable economic inflation, the shortage of raw materials, and a moral impoverishment derived from the belic experience . On the other hand it may be understood as a break in the transmission of experience (Erfahrung) (Benjamin takes experience as a synonym of knowledge). In other words, there has been a rupture in the tradition passed down from elder generations. This rupture happens when the appropiation becomes impossible. According to Benjamin, this would have dramatically happened during the First World War, when people went to war. There, soldiers faced a reality that the
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