The Angel of History: Walter Benjamin and Theodor W. Adorno


  • Margarita Schwarz Langer Universidad de Antioquia



History, angel allegory, progress, name, tank, idea, concept


This paper intends to establish a small correlation, by way of hemage, between Theodor W. Adorno's though; and that of his beloved teacher, Walter Benjamin. He tries that bind both thinkers can be found in the weight of the words that they share, in the context of German critical philosophy and the Jewish roots that links them. Under the allegoric figure of the angel of history, bonds are woven among a selection of quotations taken from Adorno's Negative Díalectics and front some concepts expounded in Benjamin's The Original of Baroque Drama.


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Literatura primaria

ADORNO, Theodor W. Dialéctica Negativa. Madrid: Editorial Taurus, 1975.

BENJAMIN, Walter. Ursprung des Deutschen Trauerspiels, Band 1 1, Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 2000.

Literatura secundaría

ADORNO. Theodor W. Negative dialektik. Jargon der Eigentlichkeit. Band 6. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft. 1998.

__________________. Sobre Walter Benjamin. Madrid: Cátedra Teorema. 1995.

BENJAMIN, Walter. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe. Farbenlehre. Gesammelte Schriften. Band III, Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 2000.

__________________. Der Begrijfder Kunstkritik in der Deutschen Romantik. Band I 1, I 2. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 2000.

__________________ . Ober den Begriffder Geschichte. Gesammelte Schriften. Band 1-2. Frankfurt- Suhrkamp, 2000.

__________________ . Berliner Kindheit um Nuenzehnhundert. Gesammelte Schriften. Band IV-1. Frankfurt Suhrkamp. 2000.

BUCK MORSS, Susan. Dialéctica de la mirada Madrid: Visor. 1995.

SCHOLZE, Britta. Kunst als Kritik. Adornos Weg aus der Dialektik. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann. 2000.

WEIGEL, Sigrid. Cuerpo, imagen v espacio en Walter Benjamin. Buenos Aires: Paidós. 1999.



How to Cite

Schwarz Langer, M. (2004). The Angel of History: Walter Benjamin and Theodor W. Adorno. Estudios De Filosofía, (29), 67–79.



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