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Acknowledgements 1. Introduction 2. 'Kulturpessimisus' & the new thinking The decline of the West; Messianic new thinking 3. Metaphysics of youth: Wyneken & 'Rausch' Wyneken; Youth's legacy; 'Rausch' - youth's intoxication; The metaphysics of youth 4. History: Surreal messianism Eternal return; Profane illumination; Surrealism; Messianic time 5. Goethe and the 'Georgekreis' The struggle with an angel; The essay form; Goethe as critical constellation; Death's detour 6. Kant's experience Reduction & restriction; The despot of pure reason; The Kantian distance 7. Casting the work of art Aesthetic judgement; "Space Under My Steel Chair"; The series; Fixed-explosive; Memorial aesthetics 8. Narrative order & modern fiction Shuffle, or, order and de-formation; Just gaming; Benjamin, Johnson & Wittgenstein; Aphorism 9. Conclusion: Exile & the time of crisis Reconfiguring repetition; Weapons of mass destruction; disrupting singularity; Postscript on crisis time Glossary of German words and expressions Bibliography

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Richard J. Lane is Professor of English at Malaspina University-College, Canada

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