The Heritage of Our Times

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Wiley, Aug 24, 2009 - Social Science - 384 pages
Heritage of Our Times is a brilliant examination of modern culture and its legacy by one of the most important and deeply influential thinkers of the 20th century. Bloch argues that the key elements of a genuine cultural tradition are not just to be found in the conveniently closed and neatly labeled ages of the past, but also in the open and experimental cultural process of our time.

One of the most compelling aspects of this work is a contemporary analysis of the rise of Nazism. It probes its bogus roots in German history and mythology at the very moment when the ideologies of Blood and Soil and the Blond Beast were actually taking hold of the German people.

The breadth and depth of Bloch's vision, together with the rich diversity of his interest, ensure this work a place as one of the key books of the 20th century.

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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

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Ernst Bloch 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 Luk&ács, Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill, Walter Benjamin, and Theodor W. Adorno.

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