Spirit of Utopia

ISBN-10: 0804737657

ISBN-13: 9780804737654

Edition: 2000

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Description: This volume represents an attempt to rethink the history of Western civilizations as a process of revolutionary disruptions and to reread the artworks, religions, and philosophies of this tradition as incentives to continue disrupting.

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List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 8/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

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.

Objective (1918, 1923)
The Self-Encounter
An Old Pitcher
The Production of the Ornament
The Philosophy of Music
Dream
On the History of Music
On the Theory of Music
The Mystery
The Shape of the Inconstruable Question
On the Metaphysics of Our Darkness, of the No-Longer-Conscious, the Not-Yet-Conscious, and the Inconstruable We-Problem
Karl Marx, Death, and the Apocalypse
The Lower Life
The Socialist Idea
The True Ideology of the Kingdom
The Countenance of the Will
Afterword (1963)
Translator's Notes
Index of Names
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