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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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(p.230) Conclusion
The Religion of Existence

Noreen Khawaja

University of Chicago Press

This section addresses a question raised by the book’s overall argument: what does it really mean to say that Christian asceticism has shaped the basic ideas and practices of existential thought? Does existentialism become a religion? Does it become Christian? Or perhaps religion itself might become less “religious”? Engaging with contemporary debates over the problematic relation between Christianity and secular modernity, this section proposes a new approach to the critique of religion, in which concerns about debt and legitimacy are sharply distinguished.

Keywords:   secular, critique, Christianity, debt, asceticism, modernity

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