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Ernst Bloch

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See also Ernest Bloch the composer.

Ernst Bloch (July 8, 1885 - August 4, 1977) was a German Marxist philosopher and atheist theologian. He was born in Ludwigshafen, the son of an assimilated Jewish railway-employee. After studying philosophy, he married Else von Stritzky, daughter of a Baltic brewer. His second wife was Karola Bloch, whom he married 1934 in Vienna. When the Nazis came to power, they had to flee, first into Switzerland, then to Austria, France, Czechoslovakia, and finally the USA. Bloch returned to the GDR in 1949 and got a chair for philosophy in Leipzig. When the wall was built in 1961, he did not return to the GDR, but went to Tübingen in the FRG, where he received a honorary chair in Philosophy. He died in Tübingen.

Bloch's work became very influential in the course of the student protest movements in 1968 and in liberation theology. It is cited as a key influence by Jürgen Moltmann in his Theology of Hope, (1967 , Harper and Row, New York).

Works

  • Atheismus im Christentum (1968) Atheism in Christianity, 1972.
  • Geist der Utopie (1918) The Spirit of Utopia, Stanford, 2000.
  • Erbschaft dieser Zeit (Zürich 1935)
  • Experimentum Mundi (1975)
  • Naturrecht und menschliche Würde
  • Das Prinzip Hoffnung (Frankfurt 1959) The Principle of Hope, MIT Press, 1986.
  • Subjekt-Objekt, Erläuterungen zu Hegel
  • Spuren (Berlin 1930)
  • Thomas Münzer als Theologe der Revolution
  • Tübinger Einleitung in die Philosophie (1963)

Further reading

  • Hudson, Wayne. The Marxist philosophy of Ernst Bloch. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1982.
  • Münster, Arno. Ernst Bloch, messianisme et utopie. Paris, PUF, 1989.
  • Münster, Arno. L'utopie concrète d'Ernst Bloch. Paris: Kimé, 2001.

External links

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