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

By Stefanos Geroulanos

French philosophy replaced dramatically within the moment region of the 20 th century. within the wake of worldwide battle I and, later, the Nazi and Soviet mess ups, significant philosophers corresponding to Kojève, Levinas, Heidegger, Koyré, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, and Hyppolite argued that guy may perhaps not fill the void left by way of the "death of God" with no additionally calling up the worst in human heritage and denigrating the honor of the human topic. In reaction, they contributed to a brand new trust that guy may still not be considered because the foundation for life, idea, and ethics; quite, human nature turned depending on different suggestions and constructions, together with Being, language, notion, and tradition. This argument, which used to be to be paramount for existentialism and structuralism, got here to dominate postwar concept. This highbrow historical past of those advancements argues that at their middle lay a brand new atheism that confounded humanism as inadequate and finally violent.

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