Thursday, June 12, 2014

circular history

re earlier comment on borges vs teleological histories

"For the materialist historian, every epoch with which he occupies himself is only a fore-history of that which really concerns him. And that is precisely why the appearance of repetition doesn't exist for him in history; because the moments in the course of history which matter most to him become moments of the present through their index as "fore-history," and change their characteristics according to the catastrophic or triumphant determination of that present." 
— Walter Benjamin (The Arcades Project)

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