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Ernst Bloch: The Principle of Hope
Ernst Bloch: The Principle of Hope
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Introduction

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 ...

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