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An Avant-garde Theological GenerationThe Nouvelle Théologie and the French Crisis of Modernity$
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Jon Kirwan

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198819226

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198819226.001.0001

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Modern French Intellectual Generations

Modern French Intellectual Generations

(p.22) 1 Modern French Intellectual Generations
An Avant-garde Theological Generation

Jon Kirwan

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a generational examination of important modern French intellectuals and will help situate the nouveaux théologiens more deeply within the context of French avant-garde life. First, the chapter briefly examines the concept of generation, by which French intellectuals identified themselves. Generational theory is a method of cultural history used successfully by French historians to analyse modern intellectual life. Second, there is a brief examination of the slow rise of generational consciousness in the nineteenth century, on which later generational theory was ultimately based. This will lead to a better understanding of an important concern: generational consciousness in the twentieth century. Third, the chapter outlines the French intellectual generations of the first half of the twentieth century, the very generations to which the nouvelle théologiens were responding or belonged. It looks at the generation of crisis and the effects of World War I.

Keywords:   cultural history, generational theory, generation of crisis, World War I, nouvelle théologiens

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