Abolishing Freedom

A Plea for a Contemporary Use of Fatalism

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages210
ISBN (Electronic)9780803288782
Publication statusPublished - May 2016

Publication series

NameProvocations
PublisherUniversity of Nebraska Press

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Fatalism
Rationalist
Predestination
Interrogation
Determinism
Divine Providence
Names
Fundamental
Sickness
History
Georg W.F. Hegel
Philosopher
Oppression
Immanuel Kant
Rationalism
Freedom of Choice

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