Heritage of Our Times
First published in Switzerland in 1935 and now available for the first time in English translation, "Heritage of Our Times" is a bold work of cultural criticism by a major twentieth-century German philosopher. Recalling work by Walter Benjamin and the Frankfurt School, Ernst Bloch's study of everyday life and politics during the Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany is a brilliant historical analysis of the cultural conditions leading to German fascism.
A half-century later, Bloch's prescient meditations on culture and politics still retain their explosive power and are certain to provoke controversy and discussion among cultural critics, philosophers, social theorists, and historians. In their Introduction, the translators contextualize the book within the political and intellectual tendencies of the period and Bloch's other work.
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In this montage of essays, first published in 1935, the Marxist philosopher explained the rise of German fascism in terms of primitive and archaic survivals in modern society (such as racism and pagan ... Read full review