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Universitas Philosophica

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SUPELANQ-GRQSS, Claudia. HOW THINGS FACE TO LOOKS! WALTER BENJAMIN AND THE LOOK OF THE URBAN. Univ. philos. [online]. 2014, vol.31, n.62, pp.147-168. ISSN 0120-5323.

Throughout his work, Walter Benjamin identified the potential and range of the city in the development of his philosophical thought. Taking this into account, this article pretends to delve into Benjamin as a reader of Franz Hessel and Charles Baudelaire in order to analyze some of the consequences of his interpretation within the journeys he made through Berlin and Paris, that led him to a philosophical posture that stands for the recovery of space as a philosophical category rather than the privileged category of time. These considerations allow sustaining literature as the supporting point where Benjamin develops a theory of experience linked to the city, which pretends to raise the quotidian, the fragmentary, the brief, and the apparently insignificant.

Keywords : Walter Benjamin; Charles Baudelaire; Franz Hessel; city; space.

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