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The Principle of Hope is one of the great works of the human spirit. It is a critical history of the utopian vision and a profound exploration of the possible reality of utopia. Even as the world has rejected the doctrine on which Bloch sought to base his utopia, his work still challenges us to think more insightfully about our own visions of a better world.

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Paperback, 1696 pages
Published July 1st 1985 by Suhrkamp (first published 1954)
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Zoe Tuck
I want to write a thank you note to José Muñoz who introduced me to Ernst Bloch's work in Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity. This author is exactly what I've been looking for - a philosopher of the Not-Yet-Conscious, an esoteric Marxist theologian and more. I started with his defense of Expressionism in Aesthetics and Politics, then proceeded to this volume. In the span of a month, I've also acquired Traces, Man On His Own and Atheism in Christianity: The Religion of the Exod ...more
Charles Grimm
I'm not giving it five stars for its ease of access, because the style can be cumbersome at times, but the overall mode of thinking and the worldview presented is staggering. A clearly Marxist worldview that defies the stereotypes imposed on Marxism by Western Capitalists by looking not at a dull existence where everything is a homogeneous grey, but at a world full of possibility where the intersection of Past and Future is the obscured Now.
While I have read this as an attempt to craft a partic
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Jeffrey Paris [was Infinite Tasks]
I'll be teaching a Symposium course at USF on selections from The Principle of Hope this Fall. I've always wanted to read it through carefully, but being 1500 words and all, never quite was up for it. The students will read about 600 pages, and hopefully I'll be able to get through the whole thing over the four months. Stay tuned! [Update: Full book completed near the end of the semester. Eminently worthwhile, but not much to say about it that is goodreads appropriate.]
Phoebe
I particularly enjoyed his musings on fairytales, technological utopia, and traveling. :) I'll definitely come back to this when I have time.
Rebekah
Useful theories on Utopia - two more volumes to go
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Bloch's work in philosophy focuses on the concept that in a utopian human world where oppression and exploitation have been eliminated there will always be a truly ideological revolutionary force. Bloch's work became very influential in the course of the student protest movements in 1968 and in liberation theology.
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