Continental Philosophy Review 45 (4):519-543 (2012)

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The article analyses relationships between profane and religious illumination, materialism and theology, politics and religion, Marxism and Messianism. For Walter Benjamin, every second is “the small gateway in time through which the Messiah might enter”. This is the starting point in the reading of Benjamin’s works, where we confront various liaisons and couplings of radical politics and messianic events. Through the reading of Benjamin and through the analysis of his conceptions of history and time, the article addresses the question what is possible in the world
Keywords Benjamin  Marx  Materialism  Messianism  Judaism  Revolution
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DOI 10.1007/s11007-012-9234-9
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