By Patrick O'Connor
A Lament for the Soul of Atheism. actual Atheism for actual Atheists. Rooted in continental philosophy, phenomenology and existential philosophy, Atheism Reclaimed is unique in its try to create diversified existential recommendations to offer expressions to what an real atheism could seem like for the twenty first Century. using thinkers like Heidegger, Nietzsche, Bataille and Ranciere, Virno and Sartre, Patrick O,Connor opens up a brand new direction for atheist suggestion according to questions of time, fact, gadgets and equality towards extra conventional clinical materialist debts that underline traditional atheism. O'Connor engages with 5 key moments that, he argues, let us start to construct a brand new conceptual discourse for atheism: Nietzsche's reaction to nihilism; the position of gadgets; an atheistic interpretation of Heidegger's account of time; the unusual relation among fact and violence; and a refiguring of notions of the common.
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In Nietzsche’s great essay, ‘Schopenhauer as Educator,’ he argues that the laissez-faire model of economic capitalism diminishes pedagogy. Education based on the brute quantification of humans instrumentalizes the significance of the human being by applying industrial and productive values to the imperative of self-development. This process only results in the rational and self-interested human. 6 These humans have been dehistoricized, or to put it another way they are only dedicated to the immediate gratification of the present or the now.
The atheist human is not of the current, but is concerned with the ever-precarious lived and felt past, present and future. This is why the atheist must take up the baton of liberating Nietzsche. Human freedom, and the extent to which atheist freedom can coincide with it, can only begin to rediscover the importance of the central questions of a life which survives and a life worth living as a human. Nietzsche’s nonchalant dismissal of the idols of his time is serious insofar as they are those who only see the future as a form of self-preservation.