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By Stephen Mulhall

Did post-Enlightenment philosophers reject the assumption of unique sin and for this reason the view that existence is a quest for redemption from it? In Philosophical Myths of the Fall, Stephen Mulhall identifies and evaluates a shocking ethical-religious measurement within the paintings of 3 hugely influential philosophers--Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Wittgenstein. He asks: Is the Christian notion of humanity as structurally wrong anything that those 3 thinkers target just to criticize? Or do they, fairly, prove by way of reproducing secular variations of an analogous mythology?

Mulhall argues that every, in numerous methods, develops a perception of people as wanting redemption: of their paintings, we seem to be no longer rather a lot able to or susceptible to mistakes and fable, yet as an alternative structurally perverse, dwelling in untruth. during this appreciate, their paintings is extra heavily aligned to the Christian standpoint than to the mainstream of the Enlightenment. although, all 3 thinkers explicitly reject any non secular figuring out of human perversity; certainly, they regard the very knowing of people as initially sinful as principal to that from which we needs to be redeemed. And but every one additionally reproduces vital parts of that knowing in his personal considering; each one recounts his personal fantasy of our Fall, and holds out his personal picture of redemption. The e-book concludes by way of asking no matter if this indebtedness to faith brings those philosophers' pondering in the direction of, or as an alternative forces it extra clear of, the reality of the human condition.

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