An Atheism that Is Not Humanist Emerges in French Thought by Stefanos Geroulanos

By Stefanos Geroulanos

French philosophy replaced dramatically within the moment area of the 20th century. within the wake of worldwide conflict I and, later, the Nazi and Soviet mess ups, significant philosophers equivalent to Kojève, Levinas, Heidegger, Koyré, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, and Hyppolite argued that guy may now not fill the void left via the "death of God" with no additionally calling up the worst in human background and denigrating the honor of the human topic. In reaction, they contributed to a brand new trust that guy should still not be seen because the foundation for lifestyles, concept, and ethics; really, human nature grew to become depending on different ideas and buildings, together with Being, language, notion, and tradition. This argument, which was once to be paramount for existentialism and structuralism, got here to dominate postwar proposal. This highbrow heritage of those advancements argues that at their center lay a brand new atheism that confounded humanism as inadequate and eventually violent.

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