Ernst Bloch

A close associate of Brecht, Lukács, Benjamin, and Adorno (and exercising a formative influence on their work), Ernst Bloch (1885–1977) is perhaps one of the most influential scholars of Marxism. The Nazis’ rise to power forced him to flee his native Germany in the thirties. Since his death, his works, such as The Principle of Hope and Atheism in Christianity, have continued to inspire engagement with the Marxist tradition.