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Ernst Bloch ranks as a major German Marxist philosopher. Beginning his career as author and teacher during World War I, he moved in the orbit of Marxist thought during the 1920s. In 1933 he left Germany and eventually found his way to the United States, where he created his major work The Principle of Hope. After World War II, he settled in East Germany, where from 1948 to 1957 he was professor at the University of Leipzig. His work eventually aroused the hostility of the authorities, and in 1961 he was granted political asylum in West Germany. Bloch departed from orthodox Marxism by attending to the problem of intellectual culture and refraining from treating it merely as superstructure determined by the materialist elements of political economy. Emphasizing the role of hope-as an inner drive, or hunger, in human beings-for a possible ideal future order, Bloch's thought may be described as utopian, involving the realization of a religious community akin to the kingdom of God, where people are no longer exploited but are free. Bloch's style echoes recent expressionism and is also rich in mystical overtones of biblical origin. Bloch died in 1977. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Aesthetics and Politics 564 copies, 2 reviews
The Spirit of Utopia 136 copies, 1 review
Traces 102 copies
The Principle of Hope, Vol. 1 82 copies, 1 review
On Karl Marx 56 copies
Subjekt, Objekt 28 copies
Literary Essays 12 copies
Geographica 9 copies
Karl Marx 4 copies
Pädagogica 3 copies
Sul progresso 2 copies
Ślady 1 copy
Huellas 1 copy
German Essays on Music (Contributor) 17 copies
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