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Dialectical knowledge

In the fields with which we are concerned, knowledge comes only in lightning flashes. The text is the long roll of thunder that follows. [N1,1]

What matters for the dialectician is to have the wind of world history in his sails. Thinking means for him: setting the sails. What is important is how they are set. Words are his sails. The way they are set makes them into concepts. [N9,6]

The dialectical image is an image that emerges suddenly, in a flash. [N9,7]

Being a dialectician means having the wind of history in one’s sails. The sails are the concepts. It is not enough, however, to have sails at one’s disposal. What is decisive is knowing the art of setting them. [N9,8]

The concept of progress must be grounded in the idea of catastrophe. [N9a,1]

Walter Benjamin, “On the theory of knowledge, theory of progress,” The Arcades Project