Since the end of the last century, philosophy has made a series of attempts to lay hold of the 'true' experience as opposed to the kind that manifests itself in the standardised, denatured life of the civilised masses. It is customary to classify these efforts under the heading of a philosophy of life. Their point of departure, understandably enough, was not man's life in society. What they invoked was poetry, preferably nature, and, most recently, the age of myths. Dilthey's book Das Erlebnis unde die Dichtung represents one of the earliest of these efforts which end with Klages and Jung; both made a common cause with fascism.
- Walter Benjamin, On Some Motifs in Baudelaire