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The Religion of ExistenceAsceticism in Philosophy from Kierkegaard to Sartre$
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Noreen Khawaja

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226404516

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226404653.001.0001

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The Feel of Religion

The Feel of Religion

(p.1) Introduction The Feel of Religion
The Religion of Existence

Noreen Khawaja

University of Chicago Press

It takes an atheist of world-historical proportions to have one’s entire oeuvre banned by the Vatican. Jean-Paul Sartre’s 1959 distinction, uncommon for a philosopher in the twentieth century, placed him in the company of Spinoza, Diderot, and John Stuart Mill. Even Voltaire’s works had received only a selective prohibition. Three years before the verdict, Walter Kaufmann, the most important translator and defender of existential philosophy in America at the time, had observed that Sartre’s uniquely insistent atheism was at the root of the controversy that had grown around his stateside reception. Pointing to the long association between departments of philosophy and theology in American universities, Kaufmann cited “a wide-spread assumption in the United States that an avowed atheist is ...

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