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Fire Alarm
Author: Michael Lowy

ISBN: 9781784786410
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 148
Published: 3 November 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 15.0 x 2.2
Description:
This illuminating study of Benjamin's final essay helps unlock the mystery of this great philosopher

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 essay 'On the Concept of History' was written in a state of urgency, as he attempted to escape the Gestapo in 1940, before finally committing suicide.

In this scrupulous, clear and fascinating examination of this essay, Michael Lowy argues that it remains one of the most important philosophical and political writings of the twentieth century. 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.

About the Author

MICHAEL LOWY is Research Director of Sociology at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris. His previous books include Redemptio...

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