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Author Löwy, Michael, 1938-

Title Fire alarm : reading Walter Benjamin's On the concept of history / Michael Löwy ; translated by Chris Turner
Published London ; New York : Verso, 2005


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Description 148 pages : illustrations, portrait ; 22 cm
Contents Introduction : romanticism, messianism and Marxism in Walter Benjamin's Philosophy of history -- 1. A reading of Walter Benjamin's "Theses 'On the concept of history'" -- 2. The opening-up of history
Summary "Revolutionary critic of the philosophy of progress, nostalgic of the past yet dreaming of the future, romantic partisan of materialism ... Walter Benjamin is in every sense of the word an "unclassifiable" philosopher. His last text was written in a state of urgency, as he attempted to escape the Gestapo in 1940, before finally committing suicide." "Michael Lowy argues that it remains one of the most important philosophical and political writings of the twentieth century, in this scrupulous, clear and fascinating examination. Looking in detail at Benjamin's celebrated but often mysterious text, and restoring the philosophical, theological and political context, Lowy highlights the complex relationship between redemption and revolution in Benjamin's philosophy of history."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [117]-138) and index
Notes Translated from the French
Subject Benjamin, Walter, 1892-1940. Geschichtsphilosophische Thesen.
Benjamin, Walter, 1892-1940 -- Criticism and interpretation.
History -- Philosophy.
Author Turner, Chris
LC no. 2005036489
ISBN 9781844670406 hardback alkaline paper
1844670406 hardback alkaline paper
Other Titles Walter Benjamin. English