By Stefanos Geroulanos

French philosophy replaced dramatically within the moment zone of the 20 th century. within the wake of worldwide struggle I and, later, the Nazi and Soviet failures, significant philosophers resembling Kojève, Levinas, Heidegger, Koyré, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, and Hyppolite argued that guy may well not fill the void left through the "death of God" with no additionally calling up the worst in human historical past and denigrating the distinction of the human topic. In reaction, they contributed to a brand new trust that guy should still now not be considered because the foundation for lifestyles, concept, and ethics; particularly, human nature turned depending on different techniques and constructions, together with Being, language, proposal, and tradition. This argument, which used to be to be paramount for existentialism and structuralism, got here to dominate postwar notion. This highbrow historical past of those advancements argues that at their middle lay a brand new atheism that confounded humanism as inadequate and finally violent.

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