Waking the dead

by Terry Eagleton from New Statesman

For Walter Benjamin, history was more than a series of dispassionate facts. He showed how the struggle for the past shapes our future.

"The German philosopher Walter Benjamin had the curious notion that we could change the past. For most of us, the past is fixed while the future is open. Benjamin thought that the past could be transformed by what we do in the present. Not literally transformed, of course, since the one sure thing about the past is that it does not exist..."

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