Søren Kierkegaard’s influence upon the German philosopher Ernst Bloch has been the subject of very little discussion, and no comprehensive study on the topic exists. One simple reason for this could be that by itself, Bloch’s work is comparatively unknown. The epic scope and ambition of his writings, an almost Faustian undertaking to perceive whatever holds the world together in its inmost fold, and Bloch’s dense, expressionistic style, in particular of his earlier works, might have contributed to the dearth of knowledge of Bloch, especially in the English-speaking world.1