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By Michael Löwy,Chris Turner

This illuminating examine of Benjamin’s ultimate essay is helping release the secret of this nice philosopher.

Revolutionary critic of the philosophy of development, nostalgic of the prior but dreaming of the longer term, romantic partisan of materialism ... Walter Benjamin is in each experience of the be aware an “unclassifiable” thinker. His essay “On the concept that of background” was once written in a country of urgency, as he tried to flee the Gestapo in 1940, earlier than ultimately committing suicide.

Michael Löwy argues that it is still essentially the most very important philosophical and political writings of the 20th century, during this scrupulous, transparent and interesting exam. taking a look intimately at Benjamin’s celebrated yet usually mysterious textual content, and restoring the philosophical, theological and political context, Lowy highlights the advanced courting among redemption and revolution in Benjamin’s philosophy of history.

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