to Marxist materialist. Beginning with an examination of materialism and the often misunderstood
standpoint of neo-Kantianism, it roots our understanding of Benjamin in the philosophical currents
of his time without reducing him to a representative of one camp or another.
Walter Benjamin and the Post-Kantian Tradition engages with Benjamin as a theorist of a historical
and philosophical problematic: a problematic that he finds manifested, in different philosophical
guises, within empiricism, neo-Kantianism and German Romanticism. The book takes us through
these manifestations systematically and, in doing so, it demonstrates how Benjamin moves from an
aspiring idealist philosopher to a politically engaged Marxist critic without abandoning the
theoretical project he develops early on.