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Originally published in 1959, The Faith of a Heretic is the most personal statement of the beliefs of Nietzsche biographer and translator Walter Kaufmann. A first-rate philosopher in his own right, Kaufmann here provides the fullest account of his views on religion. Although he considered himself a heretic, he was not immune to the wellsprings and impulses from which religion originates, declaring it among the most vital and radical expressions of the human mind. Beginning with an autobiographical prologue that traces his evolution from religious believer to "heretic," the book touches on theology, organized religion, morality, suffering, and death—all examined from the perspective of a "quest for honesty." Kaufmann also subjects philosophy’s faith in truth, reason, and absolute morality to the same heretical treatment. The resulting exploration of the faiths of a nonbeliever in a secular age is as fresh and challenging as when it was first published.

In a new foreword, Stanley Corngold vividly describes the intellectual and biographical milieu of Kaufmann’s provocative book.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. Stanley Corngold
  3. pp. xi-xxv
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  1. Preface
  2. p. xxvii
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  1. I. Prologue
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. II. The Quest for Honesty
  2. pp. 14-38
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  1. III. Philosophy and Revolution
  2. pp. 39-65
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  1. IV. Commitment
  2. pp. 66-89
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  1. V. Against Theology
  2. pp. 90-136
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  1. VI. Suffering and the Bible
  2. pp. 137-169
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  1. VII. The Old Testament
  2. pp. 170-206
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  1. VIII. Jesus vis-à-vis Paul, Luther, and Schweitzer
  2. pp. 207-249
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  1. IX. Organized Religion
  2. pp. 250-279
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  1. X. Morality
  2. pp. 280-331
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  1. XI. Freud and the Tragic Virtues
  2. pp. 332-354
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  1. XII. Death
  2. pp. 355-379
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  1. XIII. Trilogue on Heaven, Love, and Peace
  2. pp. 380-398
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  1. XIV. Epilogue
  2. pp. 399-410
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  1. Bibliographical Index
  2. pp. 411-418
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 419-420
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400866168
Related ISBN
9780691165486
MARC Record
OCLC
908631590
Pages
448
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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