Department of Needed Translations: Ernst Bloch, Again

The HathiTrust Digital Library has made available a scan of a copy of Ernst Bloch’s, Thomas Munzer, Theologian of Revolution. This book, which has not been translated into English, was first published in 1921—between the Kapp Putsch and the onset of the Ruhr Crisis. With the recent publication by Verso of a new edition of […]

‘Ascent to the heights’: Ernst Bloch’s A Philosophy of the Future

The Internet Archive has made available A Philosophy of the Future by Ernst Bloch. This volume was an early part of the Bloch series published by Herder and Herder in the 1970s. John Cumming is the translator. These lectures represent a glimpse of Bloch’s Tübingen period (after persevering through years of political persecution in the […]

Castoriadis In Translation II

David Ames Curtis has added a “pre-script” to his critique of Helen Arnold’s translation of A Society Adrift by Cornelius Castoriadis (for an introduction to the matter, see my earlier post, “Castoriadis In Translation“). The particulars of the ongoing conflict are a little hard to follow (in addition to Arnold, it involves the Castoriadis […]

Ernst Bloch, nonsynchronism, and the Tea Party movement

The fever pitch of commentary on the racist and reactionary political phenomenon that goes by the name “Tea Party” since the recent primary elections necessitates at least an attempt at a class analysis of this movement. The often-used term “populist” is an inadequate description, as there have been strong movements in U.S. history with what […]

A Comment on Hayek

Jennifer Schuessler has a fascinating essay on the forgotten history of Friedrich von Hayek’s American enthusiasts (“Hayek: The Back Story”) in the July 11 The New York Times Book Review.  She details a cartoon version of The Road To Serfdom based on a condensed version of the text published in a mass edition by Reader’s […]

Department of Needed Translations: Ernst Bloch’s Subject/Object

Ernst Bloch (1885-1977) can be called the outsider of German Marxist thought. While the members of the Frankfurt School and its extended circle have practically become household names in American academia, Bloch’s highly individualistic blend of Expressionism, Marxism, “Left” Aristotleanism, and messianism remains acknowledged by, but not assimilated into, the academic canon of Critical Theory. […]