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Adorno's criticism that Benjamin's essay was not "mediated through the process as a whole" may strike one as a contradiction given Adorno's rejection of totality as a philosophical concept of identity. The perceived absence of mediation that is at issue for Adorno is but a cover for his attitude toward Benjamin's choice of Marx as a resource and the clarity of the complex of the poet's imagination and emotions, and the critic's analysis. Hegel's discussion in the first few pages of the chapter of the Phenomenology appears to be a sequence of actions toward self-consciousness. Adorno holds that mediation lies in a material's history, the closest he comes to acknowledging something like the philosophy of internal relations. Adorno is theoretically correct about the limits of language with respect to its incapacity to lock-in and continuously, accurately, identify a moving object.

Keywords: Adorno; Benjamin; Hegel; Hegelian mediation



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