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One of the twentieth centurys 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,Atheismis 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 Kojèves thought.
In a highly original account of the radical implications of theism and atheism that ranges across Heidegger, Buddhism, Christianity, Marxism, German idealism, Russian literature, and quantum physics, Kojève advances a novel argument about freedom and authority. He investigates the possibility that there is not any vantage point or source of authorityincluding philosophy, science, or Godthat is outside or beyond politics and the world as we experience it. The question becomes whether atheismor theismis even a meaningful position since both affirmation and denial of Gods existence imply a knowledge that seems clearly outside our capacities. Written as an experiment in an intricate yet spare Russian,Atheism evinces a capacious, restless mind confronting several of lifes most urgent and fundamental questions. Skillfully translated by Jeff Love, author ofThe Black Circle: A Life of Alexandre Kojève, this book offers a striking new perspective on Kojèves work and its implications for theism, atheism, politics, and freedom.