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Working with Walter BenjaminRecovering a Political Philosophy$
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Andrew Benjamin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748634347

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634347.001.0001

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Theological-Political Fragment

Theological-Political Fragment

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(p.144) Chapter 5 Theological-Political Fragment
Source:
Working with Walter Benjamin
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Andrew Benjamin

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634347.003.0006

This chapter presents a reading of Benjamin’s Theological-Political Fragment. The text identifies nature with the messianic. Even though the actual title of the text and date of writing remain the subject of debate, what endures at the opening of the text is the figure of the Messiah. The ‘Messiah’ and the ‘Messianic’, both present as figures having an operative presence, need to be understood as marking the separation of religion and theology, a separation in which religion, through its identification with both the logic as well as the temporality of capitalism, needs to be understood as the reiteration of the always the same.

Keywords:   German philosopher, Walter Benjamin, nature, Messiah, religion, theology, messianic

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