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Between faith and unbelief American transcendentalists and the challenge of atheism

Elisabeth Hurth 1961-

2007

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  • Title:
    Between faith and unbelief American transcendentalists and the challenge of atheism
  • Author: Elisabeth Hurth 1961-
  • Description: Acknowledgments; Introduction; Chapter I. ""The Spirit of Infidelity"": Ralph Waldo Emerson and Harvard's Early Göttingen Students; Chapter II. The ""Credentials"" of Faith: The Miracles Controversy in New England; Chapter III. The Arch-Fiend of Christian Faith: David Friedrich Strauss and New England Divinity; Chapter IV. The Claims of History: Strauss's ""Mytho-Mania"" and After; Chapter V. Man as God-Maker: Feuerbachian Atheism in New England; Chapter VI. From Idealism to Atheism: Theodore Parker and the Projection Theory of Religion
    Chapter VII. The ""Cures for Atheism"": Emerson and Jakob BöhmeChapter VIII. ""A World Without God"": Emerson and Arthur Schopenhauer; Conclusion; Selected Bibliography; Index
    This book sets out to shed light on what is specific to American Transcendentalism by comparing it with the atheistic vision of German philosophers and theologians like Ludwig Feuerbach and Arthur Schopenhauer. The study argues that atheism was part of the discursive and religious context from which Transcendentalism emerged. Tendencies toward atheism were already inherent in Transcendentalist thought. The atheist scenario came to the surface in the controversy about Emerson's new views. Contemporary critics charged that the deity Emerson worshipped was himself. Emersonian Transcendentalism th
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Publisher: Leiden : Brill
  • Format: 1 online resource (232 p.).
  • Identifier: ISBN 1-281-93641-3;ISBN 9786611936419;ISBN 90-474-2126-4
  • Subjects: Transcendentalism (New England) -- History; Atheism -- Germany -- History; Atheism -- Philosophy; Transcendentalism -- History; Electronic books
  • Language: English
  • Source: 01DAL UDM ALMA

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