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The Principle of Hope : Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought - Ernst Bloch

The Principle of Hope

Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought

By: Ernst Bloch, Neville Plaice (Translator), Stephen Plaice (Translator), Paul Knight (Translator)

Paperback Published: 26th May 1995
ISBN: 9780262521994
Number Of Pages: 528
For Ages: 18+ years old

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translated by Neville Plaice, Stephen Plaice, and Paul Knight "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. "The Principle of Hope" is published in three volumes: Volume 1 lays the foundations of the philosophy of process and introduces the idea of the Not-Yet-Conscious - the anticipatory element that Bloch sees as central to human thought. It also contains a remarkable account of the aesthetic interpretations of utopian "wishful images" in fairy tales, popular fiction, travel, theater, dance, and the cinema. Volume 2 presents "the outlines of a better world." It examines the utopian systems that progressive thinkers have developed in the fields of medicine, painting, opera, poetry, and ultimately, philosophy. It is nothing less than an encyclopedic account of utopian thought from the Greeks to the present. Volume 3 offers a prescription for ways in which humans can reach their proper "homeland," where social justice is coupled with an openness to change and to the future.

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"Ernst Bloch's Principle of Hope is one of the key books of ourcentury. Part philosophic speculation, part political treatise, part lyricvision, it is exercising a deepening influence on thought and on literature... No political or theological appropriations of Bloch's leviathan can exhaustits visionary breadth." George Steiner

ISBN: 9780262521994
ISBN-10: 0262521997
Series: Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought : Book 1
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 26th May 1995
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.2  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.82