Ernst Bloch

German philosopher

1885   -   1977

movement: atheism
country of citizenship: Germany
educated at: University of Würzburg, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
occupation: writer, philosopher, journalist, university teacher, sociologist
award received: National Prize of East Germany, Patriotic Order of Merit in silver, Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, Sigmund Freud Prize, Honorary doctor of the University of Zagreb

Ernst Bloch (German: [ˈɛʁnst ˈblɔx]; July 8, 1885 – August 4, 1977) was a German Marxist philosopher. Bloch was influenced by Hegel and Karl Marx, as well as by apocalyptic and religious thinkers such as Thomas Müntzer, Paracelsus, and Jacob Boehme. He established friendships with György Lukács, Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill, Walter Benjamin, and Theodor W. Adorno. Bloch's work focuses on the thesis that in a humanistic world where oppression and exploitation have been eliminated there will always be a truly revolutionary force.
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