Ernst Bloch

1885 - 1977

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Ernst Simon Bloch (German: [ɛʁnst ˈblɔx]; July 8, 1885 – August 4, 1977; pseudonyms: Karl Jahraus, Jakob Knerz) was a German Marxist philosopher. Bloch was influenced by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Karl Marx, as well as by apocalyptic and religious thinkers such as Thomas Müntzer, Paracelsus, and Jacob Böhme. He established friendships with György Lukács, Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill, Walter Benjamin, and Theodor W. Adorno. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ernst Bloch has received more than 409,461 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Ernst Bloch is the 242nd most popular philosopher (up from 257th in 2019), the 485th most popular biography from Germany (up from 551st in 2019) and the 35th most popular German Philosopher.

Ernst Bloch is most famous for his book The Principle of Hope. In this book, he argues that hope is a necessary component of life, and that without it, life would be unbearable. He defines hope as the belief that something good will happen in the future.

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Among philosophers, Ernst Bloch ranks 242 out of 1,267Before him are Giorgio Agamben, Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, Chilon of Sparta, Apollodorus of Athens, Milarepa, and Ivan Illich. After him are Orosius, Michael Psellos, Theano, Iamblichus, Miskawayh, and Andronicus of Rhodes.

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Among people born in 1885, Ernst Bloch ranks 20Before him are Faisal I of Iraq, Chester W. Nimitz, André Maurois, Mikhail Frunze, Ernst Busch, and Princess Alice of Battenberg. After him are George de Hevesy, Sonia Delaunay, Vladimir Tatlin, Yakov Sverdlov, D. H. Lawrence, and Heinrich Brüning. Among people deceased in 1977, Ernst Bloch ranks 18Before him are Jacques Prévert, Aleksandr Vasilevsky, Makarios III, Alexey Stakhanov, Kurt Schuschnigg, and Anaïs Nin. After him are Joan Crawford, Princess Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois, Clarice Lispector, Andreas Baader, Archibald Hill, and Howard Hawks.

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Among people born in Germany, Ernst Bloch ranks 485 out of 7,253Before him are Gerda Taro (1910), Robert Bosch (1861), Heinrich Otto Wieland (1877), Frederick III, Elector of Saxony (1463), Hans Baldung (1484), and John Sigismund, Elector of Brandenburg (1572). After him are Rupert, King of Germany (1352), Dietrich von Choltitz (1894), Emile Berliner (1851), Maria Josepha of Saxony, Dauphine of France (1731), Otto Loewi (1873), and Sophia of Nassau (1836).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Ernst Bloch ranks 35Before him are Ferdinand Tönnies (1855), Max Horkheimer (1895), Athanasius Kircher (1602), Moses Mendelssohn (1729), Adam Weishaupt (1748), and Rudolf Carnap (1891). After him are Hugh of Saint Victor (1096), Hans Jonas (1903), Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi (1743), Bruno Bauer (1809), Johann Reuchlin (1455), and Franz Brentano (1838).