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Author Bloch, Ernst, 1885-1977
Title Spuren. English
Traces / Ernst Bloch ; translated by Anthony A. Nassar
Imprint Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2006
book jacket
 CLP Library  525.01 B651/ N265    AVAILABLE    30580003092942
Descript xii, 180 p. ; 24 cm.
Series Meridian, crossing aesthetics
Meridian (Stanford, Calif.)
Note "Written between 1910 and 1929, Traces is considered Ernst Bloch's most important work next to The Principle of Hope and The Spirit of Utopia. This book, which collects aphorisms, essays, stories, and anecdotes, enacts Bloch's interest in showing how attention to "traces"--to the marks people make or to natural marks--can serve as a mode of philosophizing. In an elegant example of how the literary can become a privileged medium for philosophy, Bloch's chief philosophical invention is to begin with what gives an observer pause--what seems strange and astonishing. He then follows such traces into an awareness of the individual's relations to himself or herself and to history, conceived as a thinking into the unknown, the "not yet," and thus as utopian in essence. Traces, a masterwork of twentieth-century philosophy, is the most modest and beautiful proof of Bloch's utopian hermeneutics, taking as its source and its result the simplest, most familiar, and yet most striking stories and anecdotes."--Publisher's website
Includes bibliographical references (p. 175-180)
Not enough* -- Sleeping -- Drawn out -- Always in it -- Mingling -- Sing-song -- Slight change -- Lamp and closet -- Learning good habits -- The "mark!" -- Situation -- The poor -- Filth -- The gift -- Different needs* -- Games, regrettably -- The useful member -- Shaker of strawberries* -- Bread and games -- Narrow-minded comrades* -- Disturbing whim -- Fate -- Passing it forward -- The Negro -- The watershed -- No face -- Comte de Mirabeau -- Rich devil, poor devil -- The kitten as David* -- Triumphs of misrecognition -- Scribe at the Mairie* -- The beautiful appearance -- The rococo of fate -- Spirit still taking shape -- The motif of parting -- Supernaturalism, stupid and improved* -- Strange homeland, familiar exile* -- Pippa passes -- The long gaze -- Reunion without connection -- The muse of restitution -- Raphael without hands -- Existence -- Just now -- Dark by us -- The fall into the now -- The spur of work -- No free lunch* -- Ten years' jail, seven-meter train* -- Silence and mirrors -- Ways not to be seen -- Imminent boredom -- Moment and image -- Potemkin's signature -- Incognito to oneself* -- Motifs of concealment -- The corner of the blanket -- Short excursion -- Terror and hope -- Excursus: human and wax figure -- Nearby : inn of the insane -- Tableau with curve* -- Some patterns from the left side -- The twice-disappearing frame -- The motif of the door -- Things -- Half good -- The next tree -- Flower and unflower* -- The Leyden jar -- The first locomotive -- The urban peasant -- The house of day -- Montages of a February evening* -- An odd flaneur -- Eating olives precisely* -- Making a point* -- The reverse of things -- Greeting and appearance -- Motifs of temptation -- A Russian fairy tale?* -- The clever way out -- Disappointment with amusement* -- The invisible hand -- Tales of white magic -- Wonder -- The mountain -- Dead and usable* -- The pearl*
Subject Education, Higher -- Philosophy
Alt Author Nassar, Anthony A.
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