Birth of Marxist Philosopher Ernst Bloch

Birth of Marxist Philosopher Ernst Bloch

Ernst Bloch
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Marxist philosopher Ernst Bloch is born in Ludwigshafen, Germany. He will teach at the University of Leipzig until Hitler comes to power, at which time he flees first to Switzerland then later emigrates to the United States.

It's in America that Ernst Bloch will write two of the three volumes in his principal work, Das Prinzip Hoffnung (The Principle of Hope), in which he emphasizes the role of hope as an important human drive.

In 1948 Bloch will return to teach at Leipzig, at that point in Eastern Germany. Unfortunately for Bloch, even though he is a Marxist, his outspoken opinions about society and economics will bring him disfavor from the ruling communists. He will eventually be prohibited from publishing anything, and in 1961 he defects to West Germany, where he becomes a professor at the University of Tübingen.


What is Ernst Bloch's legacy in the German Constitution?

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