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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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Authenticity and Conversion

Authenticity and Conversion

(p.28) Chapter 1 Authenticity and Conversion
The Religion of Existence

Noreen Khawaja

University of Chicago Press

This chapter proposes a concept of asceticism that can apply to affirmative modes of life. Energetic asceticism, as defined here, refers to a regime of practice in which a thing’s value derives not from what it is in itself, but from its having been transformed into an object of labor. The chapter draws on this notion of ascetic value to demonstrate a set of unacknowledged historical and conceptual links between the existential ideal of personal authenticity and the Pietistic ideal of personal conversion.

Keywords:   existentialism, Pietism, authenticity, ascetic, Emmanuel Mounier, Friedrich Nietzsche, Max Weber

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