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Abolishing Freedom : A Plea for a Contemporary Use of Fatalism (Paperback) (Frank Ruda)

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Pushing back against the contemporary myth that freedom from oppression is freedom of choice, Frank Ruda resuscitates a fundamental lesson from the history of philosophical rationalism: a proper concept of freedom can arise only from a defense of absolute necessity, utter determinism, and predestination.Abolishing Freedom demonstrates how the greatest philosophers of the rationalist tradition and even their theological predecessors—Luther, Descartes, Kant, Hegel, Freud—defended not only freedom but also predestination and divine providence. By systematically investigating this mostly overlooked and seemingly paradoxical fact, Ruda demonstrates how real freedom conceptually presupposes the assumption that the worst has always already happened; in short, fatalism. In this brisk and witty interrogation of freedom, Ruda argues that only rationalist fatalism can cure the contemporary sickness whose paradoxical name today is freedom. 

Number of Pages: 191
Genre: Philosophy
Sub-Genre: Movements / Rationalism
Series Title: Provocations
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
Author: Frank Ruda
Language: English
Street Date: May 1, 2016
TCIN: 50611762
UPC: 9780803284371
Item Number (DPCI): 248-09-1921
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