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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 339,196 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Ernst Bloch is the 260th most popular philosopher (down from 237th in 2019), the 551st most popular biography from Germany (down from 441st in 2019) and the 37th 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 260 out of 1,081Before him are Aśvaghoṣa, Vladimir Solovyov, Prodicus, Francisco Suárez, Ram Mohan Roy, and Hugh of Saint Victor. After him are Carneades, Nicole Oresme, Alcmaeon of Croton, Arcesilaus, Otto Weininger, and Roger Garaudy.

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Among people born in 1885, Ernst Bloch ranks 23Before him are Ernst Busch, Umberto Nobile, D. H. Lawrence, Vladimir Tatlin, Mikhail Frunze, and George de Hevesy. After him are Yakov Sverdlov, Heinrich Brüning, Sonia Delaunay, Karl Radek, Sabina Spielrein, and Erich von Stroheim. Among people deceased in 1977, Ernst Bloch ranks 18Before him are Aleksandr Vasilevsky, Joan Crawford, Makarios III, Anaïs Nin, Alexey Stakhanov, and Kurt Schuschnigg. After him are Francis Gary Powers, Howard Hawks, Princess Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois, Bing Crosby, Clarice Lispector, and Alexander Luria.

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Among people born in Germany, Ernst Bloch ranks 551 out of 6,142Before him are Lion Feuchtwanger (1884), Dietrich Eckart (1868), Martin Heinrich Klaproth (1743), Ernst Udet (1896), Hugh of Saint Victor (1096), and Hermann Staudinger (1881). After him are Duchess Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria (1847), Karl Ziegler (1898), Kurt Meyer (1910), Heinrich Brüning (1885), Erich Hoepner (1886), and Johann Rudolf Glauber (1604).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Ernst Bloch ranks 37Before him are Max Horkheimer (1895), Athanasius Kircher (1602), Rudolf Carnap (1891), Moses Mendelssohn (1729), Franz Brentano (1838), and Hugh of Saint Victor (1096). After him are Hans Jonas (1903), Bruno Bauer (1809), Rudolf Bultmann (1884), Adam of Bremen (null), Rudolf Otto (1869), and Johann Reuchlin (1455).