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Bloch, Ernst
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(Jul 8, 1885, Ludwigshafen – Aug 4, 1977, Tübingen), philosopher, professor in Leipzig (1949–1957), and visiting professor in Tübingen (1961–1965); one of the most important proponents of utopian thought in the 20th century, combining Marxist, idealistic, mystic, messianic and psychoanalytical thought into a philosophy of hope. Bloch, who was reared in an assimilated Jewish household and who understood himself throughout his life as a dialectical materialist, already laid the foundation in Geist der Utopie (1918, rev. 1923; ET: The Spirit of Utopia, 2000) for …

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Schmücker, Reinold, “Bloch, Ernst”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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