In Graham Oppy (ed.), A Companion to Atheism and Philosophy. Oxford: Blackwell. pp. 138-151 (2019)

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Christopher Watkin
Monash University
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I trace the genealogy and tensions of postmodern atheism through a series of encounters: Heidegger's reading of Nietzsche's “God is dead,” Foucault's critique of Sartre's humanism, Jean‐Luc Nancy's rejection of Alain Badiou's atheism, and the questions Derrida raises about Nancy's own position. I argue that there are plural postmodern atheisms, each of which defends its own claim to be following through on the consequences of the death of God more radically than the alternatives.
Keywords Martin Heidegger  Michel Foucault  Jacques Derrida  Jean-Luc Nancy  Alain Badiou  atheism
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