By Patrick O'Connor
A Lament for the Soul of Atheism. actual Atheism for actual Atheists. Rooted in continental philosophy, phenomenology and existential philosophy, Atheism Reclaimed is unique in its try to create diversified existential suggestions to offer expressions to what an genuine atheism may perhaps seem like for the twenty first Century. using thinkers like Heidegger, Nietzsche, Bataille and Ranciere, Virno and Sartre, Patrick O,Connor opens up a brand new direction for atheist idea in line with questions of time, fact, gadgets and equality against extra conventional medical materialist money owed that underline traditional atheism. O'Connor engages with 5 key moments that, he argues, let us start to construct a brand new conceptual discourse for atheism: Nietzsche's reaction to nihilism; the function of gadgets; an atheistic interpretation of Heidegger's account of time; the unusual relation among fact and violence; and a refiguring of notions of the common.
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However, still, this book is not a critique of scientific atheism, but an attempt both to transgress and to complement it with a more profound atheism. In philosophical terms, we can trace the source of the split between scientific and humanist accounts of the human to the oft-unspoken split between existential and scientific atheism; a split that in philosophical circles has played itself out in the rivalries between European and Analytic Philosophy. 2 The reason for such comparative ease and unease is instructive.
The epistemological nihilism of perspectivism unleashes the potential for nothing at a human’s core, and this is the greatest danger for the human reality both individually and collectively. To determine the human being as having a brute essence is to commit to nihilism, since it presupposes that the human cannot become anything. This is to say that there are no possibilities that can allow one to transform one’s nature, and thus oneself, for the better or for the worse. Nietzsche here is the most perverted of Platonists.
The body is the locus of our sensibility to the world, and opens on to the cosmos, to what is dynamically happening all around us, and is thus wholly constructive in allowing the body to retain its relative stability in the flux of existence. Klossowski’s Nietzsche shows the body’s ability to stabilize the impulses and forces to which humans react. In this sense the body mirrors the world around it, adapting and reacting, overcoming and being mutually influenced by it. What we are is the imposition of a flawed will on the emergence of the world and all its contingencies.
Atheism Reclaimed by Patrick O'Connor