The Spirit of Utopia

The Spirit of Utopia By Ernst Bloch Anthony A. Nassar, The Spirit of Utopia I am We are That is enough Now we have to start These are the opening words of Ernst Bloch s first major work The Spirit of Utopia written mostly in published in its first version just afte
  • Title: The Spirit of Utopia
  • Author: Ernst Bloch Anthony A. Nassar
  • ISBN: 9780804737654
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Spirit of Utopia By Ernst Bloch Anthony A. Nassar, I am We are.That is enough Now we have to start.These are the opening words of Ernst Bloch s first major work, The Spirit of Utopia, written mostly in 1915 16, published in its first version just after the First World War, republished five years later, 1923, in the version here presented for the first time in English translation.The Spirit of Utopia is one of the great hI am We are.That is enough Now we have to start.These are the opening words of Ernst Bloch s first major work, The Spirit of Utopia, written mostly in 1915 16, published in its first version just after the First World War, republished five years later, 1923, in the version here presented for the first time in English translation.The Spirit of Utopia is one of the great historic books from the beginning of the century, but it is not an obsolete one In its style of thinking, a peculiar amalgam of biblical, Marxist, and Expressionist turns, in its analytical skills deeply informed by Simmel, taking its information from both Hegel and Schopenhauer for the groundwork of its metaphysics of music but consistently interpreting the cultural legacy in the light of a certain Marxism, Bloch s Spirit of Utopia is a unique attempt to rethink the history of Western civilizations as a process of revolutionary disruptions and to reread the artworks, religions, and philosophies of this tradition as incentives to continue disrupting.The alliance between messianism and Marxism, which was proclaimed in this book for the first time with epic breadth, has met with critique than acclaim The expressive and baroque diction of the book was considered as offensive as its stubborn disregard for the limits of disciplines Yet there is hardly a discipline that didn t adopt, however unknowingly, some of Bloch s insights, and his provocative associations often proved productive than the statistical account of social shifts.The first part of this philosophical meditation which is also a narrative, an analysis, a rhapsody, and a manifesto concerns a mode of self encounter that presents itself in the history of music from Mozart through Mahler as an encounter with the problem of a community to come This we problem is worked out by Bloch in terms of a philosophy of the history of music The self encounter, however, has to be conceived as self invention, as the active, affirmative fight for freedom and social justice, under the sign of Marx The second part of the book is entitled Karl Marx, Death and the Apocalypse I am We are That s hardly anything.But enough to start.
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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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    1. Rezi spiegelt meine Gef hle w hrend der Erstlekt re 1989 wieder, deren Vollst ndigkeit mehr als zweifelhaft ist, auch wenn ich das letzte Kapitel mehr als einmal gelesen habe Aber weiter als beim ersten mal, bin ich sicher nicht mehr gekommen Der zweite Anlauf 1994 geriet, trotz gewachsenem Verst ndnis zum Abbruch, inzwischen ist das Buch nur noch Kauderwelsch, der mich in Erstaunen versetzt, das ich glaubte, mal etwas davon verstanden zu haben.


    2. This book was a bit of a let down after Principle of Hope, but that s what I get for not reading in chronological order The amount of time spent on music in this book almost made me put it down, but I talked to my wife and some friends who know about classical music and supplemented the reading with a lot of You Tube and Pandora use to get an idea of the main composers and their works I can t say it s my favorite Bloch book, but it is pretty good The main reason I give four stars is for the info [...]


    3. I started reading this because of the influence it had on Adorno Some moments are sublime It is the same force expressed in lava, in hot lead thrown into cold water, in the veining of the wood and above all in the twitching, bleeding, ragged or peculiarly compacted form of internal organs But refer to Primitive Man enough times and I lose interest Bloch, as a Marxist and ergo Hegelian, arranges his humanity on the ladder rungs of progress, in a way that I can t help but find damaging And tiresom [...]


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