• Wesley Phillips1
  • 1Murcia, Spain


I seek to interpret Walter Benjamin in light of the "system pro gramme" of German Idealism in order to confront an antinomy of con temporary radical thought. Benjamin has usually been regarded as an anti-Hegelian thinker of the exception. Reading him against the grain, I draw out a concept of counter-tradition that eschews the opposition of intra-historical progress and extra-historical exception. The philological inspiration is a book by Franz Joseph Molitor, a student of Schelling and "teacher" of Benjamin: The Philosophy of History, or, On Tradition.


  • Benjamin
  • Hegel
  • Schelling
  • History
  • Tradition
  • Exception

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