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Desire/Lack of Desire
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The dichotomy of “desire” versus “lack of desire” refers to the central moment in the experience of the present (Religious experience), namely the essentially affective (Affect) determination of true volition as realized in decisions. The specific character of this moment is difficult to determine for two reasons. On the one hand, the theoretical clarification of the phenomenon is intimately related to the notion of the moral autonomy of rational life and to its modern adaptation as the concept of self-preservation (B. Spinoza; S. Freud) or self-enhancement of …

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Stock, Konrad, “Desire/Lack of Desire”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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