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The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory expounds the development of critical theory from its founding thinkers to its contemporary formulations in an interdisciplinary setting. It maps the terrain of a critical social theory, expounding its distinctive character vis-a-vis alternative theoretical perspectives, exploring its theoretical foundations and developments, conceptualising its subject matters both past and present, and signalling its possible future in a time of great uncertainty. Taking a distinctively theoretical, interdisciplinary, international and contemporary perspective on the topic, this wide-ranging collection of chapters is arranged thematically over three volumes: Volume I: Key Texts and Contributions to a Critical Theory of Society Volume II: Themes Volume III: Contexts This Handbook is essential reading for scholars and students in the field, showcasing the scholarly rigor, intellectual acuteness and negative force of critical social theory, past and present.
Chapter 12: Ernst Bloch: The Principle of Hope
Ernst Bloch: The Principle of Hope
Ernst Bloch is an ambivalent figure in the tradition of critical theory. He was never a member of the Frankfurt School, and his fidelity to the idea of utopia (the dream of an ideal society or a perfect state of humanity), which he doggedly maintained despite the atrocities committed in its name, set him apart both politically and philosophically from many of his contemporaries.1 Yet Bloch nevertheless made a bold and original contribution to critical theory in the twentieth century. No other thinker went so far in insisting on the continued importance of hope and optimism in defiance of disaster. When Adorno claimed that Bloch was ‘one of ...