Atheism /

"One of the twentieth century's most brilliant and unconventional thinkers, Alexandre Kojève was a Russian émigré to France whose lectures on Hegel in the 1930s galvanized a generation of French intellectuals. Although Kojève wrote a great deal, he published very little in his lifetime...

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Uniform title:Athéisme.
Author / Creator: Kojève, Alexandre, 1902-1968 (Author)
Other Authors / Creators:Love, Jeff translator.
Format: eBook Electronic
Language:English
French
Imprint: New York : Columbia University Press, [2018]
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Summary:"One of the twentieth century's most brilliant and unconventional thinkers, Alexandre Kojève was a Russian émigré to France whose lectures on Hegel in the 1930s galvanized a generation of French intellectuals. Although Kojève wrote a great deal, he published very little in his lifetime, and so the ongoing rediscovery of his work continues to present new challenges to philosophy and political theory. Written in 1931 but left unfinished, Atheism is an erudite and open-ended exploration of profound questions of estrangement, death, suicide, and the infinite that demonstrates the range and the provocative power of Kojève's thought. Ranging across Heidegger, Buddhism, Christianity, German idealism, Russian literature, and mathematics, Kojève advances a novel argument about freedom and authority. He investigates the possibility that there is not any vantage point or source of authority--including philosophy, science, or God--that is outside or beyond politics and the world as we experience it. The question becomes whether atheism--or theism--is even a meaningful position since both affirmation and denial of God's existence imply a knowledge that seems clearly outside our capacities. Masterfully translated by Jeff Love, this book offers a striking new perspective on Kojève's work and its implications for theism, atheism, politics, and freedom. Alexandre Kojève (1902-1968) was a Russian-born French philosopher and polymath whose influence on contemporary thought via his many disciples and detractors, from Derrida to Lacan to Leo Strauss, is vast. While most famous for his Hegel lectures, Kojève also had exceptional influence while working in the French Ministry of Economic Affairs as an important figure in the creation of the European Economic Community. Jeff Love is Research Professor of German and Russian at Clemson University."--
Atheism is an erudite and open-ended exploration of profound questions of estrangement, death, suicide, and the infinite that demonstrates the range and the provocative power of Alexandre Kojève's thought.
Item Description:Originally published by Editions Gallimard, Paris, 1998.
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Physical Description:1 online resource (xxxix, 205 pages)
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:9780231542296
0231542291
Author Notes:Love Jeff :

Gordon Jeff Love (PhD, Russian Literature, Yale) is Professor of German and Russian at Clemson University. He is the author of Tolstoy: A Guide for the Perplexed (Continuum, 2008) and The Overcoming of History in War and Peace (Rodopi, 2004), the translator (with Johannes Schmidt) of Schelling's Philosophical Investigations into the Essence of Human Freedom and Matters Connected Therewith (SUNY, 2006) and of Kojeve's Atheism (Columbia, 2019), and the editor (with Jeff Metzger) of Nietzsche and Dostoevsky: Philosophy, Morality, Tragedy (Northwestern, 2016). His essay "In Praise of Suicide," on Kojeve, appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books column "The Philosophical Salon (April 11, 2016)."Alexandre Kojève (1902-1968) was a Russian-born French philosopher and polymath whose influence on contemporary thought via his many disciples and detractors, from Derrida to Lacan to Leo Strauss, is vast. While most famous for his Hegel lectures, Kojève also had exceptional influence while working in the French Ministry of Economic Affairs as an important figure in the creation of the European Economic Community.

Jeff Love is Research Professor of German and Russian at Clemson University. He is the author of The Black Circle: A Life of Alexandre Kojève (Columbia, 2018) and The Overcoming of History in "War and Peace" (2004). He is also cotranslator of F. W. J. Schelling's Philosophical Investigations Into the Essence of Human Freedom (2006) and editor of Heidegger in Russia and Eastern Europe (2017).