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Introduction: Atheisms Today

Christopher Watkin

in Difficult Atheism

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780748640577
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671793 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640577.003.0001
Introduction: Atheisms Today

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This introductory chapter argues that the term ‘atheism’ no longer adequately describes the moves being made in contemporary French thought to follow the death of God, and that the term ‘atheism’ is itself an unhelpfully ambiguous word that is used to designate two very different positions, identified as ‘imitative’ and ‘residual’ atheism. Imitative atheism seeks to replace God with a supposedly atheistic placeholder, retaining structures of thought that rely on theistic premises. Following Nietzsche’s and Heidegger’s critiques of this thinking, residual atheism seeks to have done with any reliance on theological assumptions or any ‘faith in Plato’.

Keywords: Atheism; Death of God; Nietzsche; Theology

Chapter.  9054 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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