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An Atheism that Is Not Humanist Emerges in French Thought

An Atheism that Is Not Humanist Emerges in French Thought (Paperback)

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French philosophy changed dramatically in the second quarter of the twentieth century. In the wake of World War I and, later, the Nazi and Soviet disasters, major philosophers such as Kojeve, Levinas, Heidegger, Koyre, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, and Hyppolite argued that man could no longer fill the void left by the "death of God" without also calling up the worst in human history and denigrating the dignity of the human subject. In response, they contributed to a new belief that man should no longer be viewed as the basis for existence, thought, and ethics; rather, human nature became dependent on other concepts and structures, including Being, language, thought, and culture. This argument, which was to be paramount for existentialism and structuralism, came to dominate postwar thought. This intellectual history of these developments argues that at their heart lay a new atheism that rejected humanism as insufficient and ultimately violent.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPhilosophy TheoryEthics & moral philosophyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesWestern philosophyWestern philosophy, from c 1900 -Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesWestern philosophyWestern philosophy: c 1600 to c 1900Western philosophy: Enlightenment Publisher: Stanford University Press Publication Date: 08/03/2010 ISBN-13: 9780804762991  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Stefanos Geroulanos is Assistant Professor of Modern European Intellectual History at New York University.

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