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Dialogues between Faith and ReasonThe Death and Return of God in Modern German Thought$
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John H. Smith

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449277

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449277.001.0001

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Logos and Its Others

Logos and Its Others

Feeling, the Abyss, Willing, and Kritik (Schleiermacher, Schelling, Schopenhauer, Feuerbach)

(p.120) Chapter 5 Logos and Its Others
Dialogues between Faith and Reason

John H. Smith

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the responses and alternatives of four philosophers to Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel's conception of God as spirit or Geist: Friedrich Schleiermacher, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, Arthur Schopenhauer, and Ludwig Feuerbach. More specifically, it considers the four philosophers' argument that the truly religious can be understood and, perhaps salvaged, only by attacking the dominance and apparent self-sufficiency of rationality. It explains how these four thinkers worked through the ratio that would embrace God, world, and man in a totalizing system and saw the need to open up logos toward a radical conception of Otherness that is more closely aligned with a genuine Christianity.

Keywords:   logos, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, God, spirit, Geist, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, Arthur Schopenhauer, Ludwig Feuerbach, rationality

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