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By G. Pattison
Existentialism used to be the most very important affects on twentieth-century idea, in particular within the interval among the Nineteen Twenties and early Sixties. top recognized in its atheistic representatives corresponding to Sartre, it additionally numbered many major spiritual thinkers. apprehensive Angels is a severe advent to those spiritual existentialists, who're taken care of as a coherent staff of their personal correct and never in simple terms by-product of secular existentialism. The booklet argues that they represent a particular spiritual voice that maintains to advantage recognition in an period of postmodernity.
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Forerunners 19 The other immediate ancestor of religious existentialism, Ludwig Feuerbach, represents a style of philosophizing very different from that of Schelling. Yet, although Feuerbach put himself forward as a critic of idealism and appealed to the immediate sensuousness of existence as, ultimately, the sole ground of meaning, he too (especially in his earlier work) had been influenced by Hegel's theory of consciousness. Born in 1804 in Bavaria, Feuerbach initially studied theology at Heidelberg before switching to philosophy and, after a period in Berlin where he heard both Hegel and the Romantic theologian F.
The public is not a people, not a generation, not one's age, not a congregation, not an association, not some particular persons ... Composed ... of individuals in the moments when they are nobodies, the public is a kind of colossal something, an abstract void and vacuum that is all and nothing ... the most dangerous of all powers and the most meaningless. 24 Politics carried on in the name of this public is the 'deification of statistics', the rule of 'the numerical' - and it is this that Kierkegaard regards as the real contemporary 'opium of the people' (cf.
The controversies were with the satirical newspaper, The Corsair, and, in the very last year of his short life, with the state establishment of the Lutheran Church in Denmark. The Kierkegaard family home was in many respects a sombre place. The atmosphere was determined by the dour, stern and even depressive religiosity of the father and coloured by the religious outlook of pietism. Although not unparalleled in those times, the deaths of M. P. Kierkegaard's two wives and of many of Soren's siblings undoubtedly fuelled the old man's conviction that he deserved divine retribution for some crime that has never been entirely or satisfactorily clarified.
Anxious Angels: A Retrospective View of Religious Existentialism by G. Pattison