Ernst Bloch, Traces. Translated by Anna Czajka.WUJ, Krakow, 2012

The narrative in Bloch enters a place where it is not possible to be packed up with conceptual philosophy, and doing so again puts into motion philosophical inquiries. The narrative thought of Traces, a book that Bloch said belongs to the category of "illustrated metaphysical albums", is founded on this alternate replenishing and enlivening in the shared, relentless search for truth and essence, in the paradoxical coupling of "spontaneity and speculation".

It is difficult to overestimate the didactic value of this book: it enters into the deepest philosophical and cultural problems, coming from the simplest experiences, being the subject of meditation, which allows for the creation of the relationship between the directness of life and its essence. Bloch's entire body of work, including his Traces, is an invitation to return to the inquiries for truth and essence in our time that are so frivolously thrown in our time, to life with a determined horizon of meaning.


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