A Cosmic Experience. Walter Benjamin in the Anthropocene

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


Giovanni Tusa's talk focuses on the recurring motif, in Walter Benjamin’s writings, of considering the history of homo sapiens a fragment or infinitesimal part of cosmic duration, resonating with the characteristics of the era recently designated by some as the “Anthropocene”.
Tusa's intervention argues that Benjamin sensed the entropic drive of the Anthropocenic West, and thus postulated the burning need to explode all the anthropocentric variants that characterize traditional messianism but also historical materialism, staging a model of history in which all human action plunges into the mute timelessness of natural forces.
Period5 Nov 2021
Event titleInternational Walter Benjamin Society Conference 2021 — Hoffnung/Hope: Hoffnung/Hope
Event typeConference
LocationBerlin, GermanyShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • ecology
  • Climate Change
  • philosophy
  • Walter Benjamin
  • radical politics
  • Revolutionary ideologies