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Author Boldyrev, Ivan, 1933-

Title Ernst Bloch and His Contemporaries : Locating Utopian Messianism / Ivan Boldyrev
Published London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014


Description 1 online resource (209 pages)
Series Bloomsbury Studies in Continental Philosophy
Bloomsbury studies in continental philosophy.
Contents Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Chapter 1 Ernst Bloch's Philosophical Prose; A brief intellectual biography; Utopia as concept and form of life; Metaphysics of the instant; Philosophy of subjectivity and the shape of the inconstruable question; Not, Not-yet/being/conscious; Re-energizing Marx: Bloch's social philosophy; A brief excursus: Bloch and Heidegger; On the (im)possibilities of utopian philosophy; Notes; Chapter 2 Heidelberg's Apostles: Bloch Reading Lukács Reading Bloch; Episode One: Metaphysics of Tragedy; Episode Two: Theory of the Novel
Episode Three: Grappling with TotalityEpisode Four: The Instant (Faust and The Phenomenology of Spirit); Notes; Chapter 3 Eschatology and Messianism: Bloch with Buber, Landauer and Rosenzweig; Being gnostic: Bloch's shibboleth; Eschatology and apocalyptics; Judaic filiations; Christian heretics; Hesitant conclusions: Tensions within messianic thought; Notes; Chapter 4 The Form of the Messianic: Bloch and Benjamin; Traces of biographies; Messianic subtexts of history; A digression: Bloch and Kant; Excursus: Redemption; Temporalities; Inconspicuous blemishes of metaphysics
Bloch and Benjamin as secular mysticsRecapitulation: Tensions of messianism and the ways through them; Finale: Penultimately; Notes; Chapter 5 The Void of Utopia and the Violence of the System: Bloch contra Adorno; Notes; Conclusion: Drawing the Utopian Line; Bibliography; Index
Summary Ernst Bloch and His Contemporaries is a much needed concise yet comprehensive overview of Ernst Bloch's early and later thought. It fills an important gap in research on the history of German thought in the 20th century by reconstructing the contexts of Bloch's philosophy, while focusing on his contemporaries - Georg Lukács, Walter Benjamin, and Theodor Adorno. Ernst Bloch's influential ideas include his theory of utopian consciousness, his resolute inclination to merge aesthetics and politics, rehabilitation of hope, and atheistic conception of Christianity. Although Bloch's major early texts
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-195) and index
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Subject Bloch, Ernst, 1885-1977.
Bloch, Ernst, 1885-1977
Bloch, Ernst 1885-1977
Philosophy, German -- 20th century.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Ideologies -- Communism & Socialism.
Philosophy, German.
Jüdische Philosophie
Literary studies: general.
Social & political philosophy.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781472512062