Ernst Bloch — Marxist philosopher or modernist seer? Bloch is both. He is a thinker of the deep will in an age which thinks too quickly. Like Heidegger, Bloch invites criticism, much of it just; but he survives his critics because of the meditative power of his thinking, which strikes into areas which others barely touch. His final significance depends on the fecundity of his utopian imagination.


Historical Materialism Tendency Critique Marxist Theory Marxist Philosophy Utopian Imagination 
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