Philosopher Ernst Bloch, theauthor of “The Philosophy of Hope”, is considered one of the most famous nativesof Ludwigshafen am Rhein, like politician Helmut Kohl. Ernst Bloch was born in1885 in the family of a railroad worker. Since childhood, Ernst wasdistinguished with phenomenal abilities. He wrote his first philosophicaltreatise at 13. As an adult, he took up with neo-Marxists, because of which he hadto leave Germany at 30. After the war, Bloch settled in the territory of theGDR.
After moving to Germany, Ernst Bloch taught at the University ofTübingen. His looks and works left a large imprint on the philosophical thoughtof the twentieth century. In his native Ludwigshafen the city authoritiescreated a great cultural cluster already after his death, in 1977. It includesboth the Ernst Bloch Museum with the library that he collected all his life,and the scientific and educational center named after him. It hosts philosophicalreadings, workshops and discussions. Ernst Bloch Centre is a place of worship foradherents of “The Philosophy of Hope" from around the world.