Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-x

...of the Institute of Philosophy and the Faculty of Theology at the Catholic University of Leuven, who kindly invited me to give a series of lectures there, as part of a larger project on religion in which they are collaborating with the Religious Studies department at Antwerp University...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-15

...Hitherto, moral principles had functioned as a means of ensuring that human beings fulfilled their telos; they effected a transformation from raw, uncultivated human modes of being to ones in and through which human creatures lived well or flourished, realizing the full potential of their distinctive nature. Since the Enlightenment systematically rejected...

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CHAPTER 1 The Madman and the Masters: Nietzsche

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pp. 16-45

...As a way of orienting ourselves within this chapter’s concern with Nietzsche but also within the broader concerns of the book as a whole, I would like to cite two closely linked passages from two rather different sources in the writing of Stanley Cavell. The first is taken from an early...

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CHAPTER 2 The Dying Man and the Dazed Animal: Heidegger

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pp. 46-84

...tradition of questioning about Being—even if it will progress only by putting the achievements and assumptions of that tradition into question. And he further asserts that the ways in which the tradition has conceptualized human existence have been pervasively inflected by Christian theology...

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CHAPTER 3 The Child and the Scapegoat: Wittgenstein

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pp. 85-117

...fame and influence in the history ofWestern culture, is perhaps best known as one of the most significant interpreters of the Christian doctrine of original sin. And, as is also well known, Wittgenstein chooses to begin his...

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Conclusion

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pp. 118-124

...examined in this book share a conception of human beings as standing in need of redemption, rather than—say—of instruction in avoiding specific cognitive or moral errors, or help in improving (even perfecting) their capacity to grasp and realize...

Index

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pp. 125-126