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Christianity, Metaphysics and Alienation in Contemporary Atheist Humanism : F. Nietzsche and St. Thomas Aquinas

Irish Theological Quarterly , Volume 42 (1): 50 – Jan 1, 1975

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Sage Publications
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Copyright © 1975 by SAGE Publications
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0021-1400
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0021-1400
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10.1177/002114007504200104
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Christianity, Metaphysics and Alienation in Contemporary Atheist Humanism : F. Nietzsche and St. Thomas Aquinas

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Christianity, Metaphysics and Alienation in Contemporary Atheist Humanism : F. Nietzsche and St. Thomas Aquinas SAGE Publications, Inc.1975DOI: 10.1177/002114007504200104 Walter Kaufmann, perhaps the best known commentator on the work of Friedrich Nietzsche in the English speaking world, said recently in an article entitled 'Nietzsche and Existentialism': Nietzsche's critique of Christianity is at least in some of its aspects part of a much larger undertaking that one might call a critique of Weltanschauungen, a critique of `world views'. The 'world view' that he writes about the most is Christianity because it has had a particularly fateful importance for the Western world. Continuous with that we find an analysis of nihilism'. What interests Nietzsche beyond nihilism is possible attitudes that man might adopt toward an absurd world - again a theme that you find in Heidegger, Sartre and Camus.' . Kaufmann is here saying two things: that Nietzsche was concerned to criticize 'world views', particularly Christianity, and that he was concerned also, like Heidegger, Sartre and Camus, to consider the possible responses that man might adopt to 'the absurd'. ' With this I would certainly agree but from the point of view of this article and of Nietzsche's thought it
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