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The Religion of Existence: Asceticism in Philosophy from Kierkegaard to Sartre

Noreen Khawaja


This book offers a broad new vision of the history and substance of existential philosophy. It shows how an ascetic tradition with roots in European piety movements focused on personal conversion formed the basis for the chief ideal of existentialism, personal authenticity. The book examines new connections between Kierkegaard’s religious theory of the self, Heidegger’s phenomenology of everyday life, and Sartre’s global mission of atheistic humanism. It reopens fundamental questions about the nature of secular thought, and asks us to consider how ascetic norms have shaped one of the twentieth ... More

Keywords: existentialism, authenticity, pietism, conversion, ascetic, phenomenology, secular, Martin Heidegger, Soren Kierkegaard, Jean-Paul Sartre

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226404516
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226404653.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Noreen Khawaja, author
Yale University