The Principle of Hope

The Principle of Hope

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qThe Principle of Hopeq 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. qErnst Bloch's qPrinciple of Hopeq is one of the key books of our century. Part philosophic speculation, part political treatise, part lyric vision, it is exercising a deepening influence on thought and on literature. . . . No political or theological appropriations of Bloch's leviathan can exhaust its visionary breadth.q -- George Steiner q qThe Principle of Hopeq is one of those all-about-everything books characteristic of German culture during the last 150 years. But unlike its direct predecessor, Oswald Spengler's qThe Decline of the West, q Bloch's magnum opus. . . reverses Spengler's world-historical scheme by turning qWeltangstq . . . into hope.' In this placing of hope' at the center of a history, an anthropology, and a phenomenology of mankind lies the originality of Bloch's undertaking.q -- J. P. Stern, The New Republic qThe Principle of Hopeq 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 qwishful imagesq in fairy tales, popular fiction, travel, theater, dance, and the cinema.aquot;The Principle of Hopeaquot; is one of the great works of the human spirit.

Title:The Principle of Hope
Author:Ernst Bloch, Neville Plaice
Publisher:Springer Science & Business - 1995


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