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Walter Benjamin
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Born (1892-07-15)15 July 1892
Died 26 September 1940(1940-09-26) (aged 48)
Portbou, Catalonia, Spain
Era 20th-century philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Western Marxism
Main interests
Literary theory, aesthetics, philosophy of technology, epistemology, philosophy of language, philosophy of history
Notable ideas
Auratic perception, aestheticization of politics

Walter Bendix Schönflies Benjamin ( 15 July 1892 – 26 September 1940) was a German philosopher, cultural critic, and translator.

Benjamin was born to a Jewish family in Berlin, then-German Empire.

He worked in many subjects such as German idealism, Romanticism, historical materialism, and Jewish mysticism. He helped aesthetic theory and Western Marxism grow.

Benjamin committed suicide by taking an overdose of morphine in Portbou at the French–Spanish border while attempting to escape from the Nazis at the age of 48.


Jewish-East German judge and politician Hilde Benjamin was his brother's wife.

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