Alex Betancourt Serrano
Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras


This article explores Walter Benjamin’s political and historical proposals that emerge from his Arcades Project. The essay outlines Benjamin’s criticism of historicism and presents his proposal of historical interpretation as a dream taking into account the dialectic relationship between the past and the political possibilities of the future. It is argued that the element of urgency, which implies a Benjaminian vision attached to a democratic ethos, provides us with a progressive political proposal and vision, without falling into historicist teleologies.

Keywords: Benjamin, history, historicism, politics.

Keywords plus: Benjamin, Walter, 1892-1940, criticism and interpretation, political thought