Heterology and post-historicist ethics

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A [Paul] Klee painting named "Angelus Novus" shows an angel looking as though he is about to move away from something he is fixedly contemplating. His eyes are staring, his mouth is open, his wings are spread. This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wingswith such violence that the angel can no longer close them. This storm irresistibly propels him into the future to whichhis back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWhat Happens to History
Subtitle of host publicationThe Renewal of Ethics in Contemporary Thought
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781134721429
ISBN (Print)0415925622, 9780415925624
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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