Bloch's Principle Of Hope: Analysis

2342 Words10 Pages
In contrast to the anamnestic thinkers, Bloch draws inspiration and method from Marx, the first philosopher to theorize the Not-Yet-Conscious and the Not-Yet-Become: “Front, Novum, Objective Possibility, which are inaccessible to anamnesis, remained without a theory of categories in the world before Marx” (POH 141). Marx brought philosophy into the territory of the new and the possible. From the vantage of this territory, even false propositions “are not finished with regard to the truth” (POH 866). This is a crucial point: good or desirable ideas that seem to have proved themselves too good to be true in the past are nonetheless still available to truth in the future. Ideas that “came too early” (POH 867)—such as Socrates’ argument that nobody…show more content…
This conceptual tidiness means that one can never drop one’s guard and stop putting skeptical pressure on Bloch’s position, but it also means that Bloch simultaneously offers a liberating and rational way of conceiving real…show more content…
Bloch views hobbies as compensatory for alienated labor and for the failure to find meaningful and fulfilling work. Hobbyists “act out in their favorite pursuit the profession which they have missed or which does not exist at all in the seriousness of life” (POH 908). Because the hobby constitutes “a private appearance of what activity with pleasure and love could mean” (POH 908), it can be seen as the wish for what truly non-alienating work would look and feel like. For Bloch, therefore, “we can learn from the hobby how fulfilled leisure is privately dreamed, as work which appears like leisure” (POH 908). Most people have some activity that combines work with leisure and activity with pleasure and love, and this can be a source of wish and hope under capitalist life. At the same time, such hobbies are meant to offset capitalist labor, to move toward what is unavailable under the present division of labor, and, to the extent that they represent private dreams, can hardly form a base from which collective action might spring. Through the hobby a utopian wish for leisure-as-labor is acted out, but the futility of compromise and consolation is also

    More about Bloch's Principle Of Hope: Analysis

      Open Document