Benjamin, 'Notes for The Arcades Project':

Benjamin, from "One-Way Street':

The omission of theory affects your empirical evidence itself. On the one hand, it lends it a deceptively epic character, and on the other it deprives the phenomena, which are experienced only subjectively, of their real historico-philosophical weight. To express it another way: the theological motif of calling things by their names tends to turn into a wide-eyed presentation of mere facts. If one wished to put it very drastically, one could say that your study is located at the crossroads of magic and positivism. That spot is bewitched. Only theory could break the spell....

Adorno, rejecting Benjamin's Arcades Project idea, 10 November 1938