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Ernst Bloch’s Prinzip Hoffnung And Hans Jonas’s Prinzip Verantwortung

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According to a well-known formulation, one needed to unite the ?cold current? and the ?warm current? of Marxism, both equally indispensable features, with one another. However, Bloch created a clear hierarchy between the two elements: the ?cold current? exists for the ?warm current,? and is there to serve it. The ?warm current? of Marxism inspired what Ernst Bloch described as its ?militant optimism,? its active hope for the novum, for the realization of utopia. Hans Jonas criticized this ?merciless optimism? of Bloch?s, and it is true that the author of The Principle of Hope appears to have succumbed to this weakness. Das Prinzip Hoffnung (The Principle of Hope) is Ernst Bloch?s most important book, and undoubtedly one of the most significant works of emancipatory thinking in the twentieth century. Ernst Bloch?s book Das Prinzip Hoffnung appeared in 1959 and Hans Jonas?s book Das Prinzip Verantwortung appeared in 1979.

Keywords: Das Prinzip Verantwortung ; Ernst Bloch; Hans Jonas; Marxism; The Principle of Hope

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