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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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Ascetics of Presence

Ascetics of Presence

(p.199) Chapter 5 Ascetics of Presence
The Religion of Existence

Noreen Khawaja

University of Chicago Press

This chapter offers a theory of sin, grounded in a new approach to existential thinking about time and presence. The chapter argues that, despite the intuitive association of sin with inauthenticity, Pauline and Protestant notions of sin had a profound influence on the idea of authentic temporality among existential thinkers. By adopting ascetic notions of conversion within a normative procedure for the philosophy of everyday life, sin became a model for defining authentic existence on the basis of rupture, dispossession, and difference, a model that had a profound effect on late twentieth-century critiques of essentialism.

Keywords:   sin, existentialism, temporality, ascetic, property, presence, Paul the Apostle

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