Focusing on two modernist thinkers, Vasily Rozanov (1856 – 1919) and Ernst Bloch (1885 – 1976), the article examines the ontological and existential implications of their eschatological thinking and its concept of nonlinear time, which negates the future when thinking of what is ahead. Both writers, as discussed in the article, treat life and matter as open and dynamic in their potentiality, filled with hope for transcendence of death and perishing without transcending the material, which in turn redefines our thinking of nature and the social world. These two thinkers, though radically different in terms of their political commitments, as the article demonstrates, meet in the space of Fyodor Dostoevsky's prose, which was an important reference point for their respective eschatological projects.
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Michal Oklot; Apocalypse Left and Right: Bloch's and Rozanov's Renunciation of the Future. Poetics Today 1 September 2016; 37 (3): 387–413. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/03335372-3599429
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