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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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Being after the Death of God

Being after the Death of God

Heidegger from Theo- to Onto-logos

(p.175) Chapter 7 Being after the Death of God
Dialogues between Faith and Reason

John H. Smith

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines Martin Heidegger's views about the death of God within the context of the logos and what he calls the “history of Being.” It considers how Heidegger arrives at his rethinking of Being itself (ontology) and how the original questioning of theo-logos has shaped his thought throughout his life. The chapter first discusses Heidegger's earlier working through of theological thought from a new phenomenological perspective, along with his later thinking about Being and God from the perspective after the death of the metaphysical “God of the philosophers.” It then explores how Heidegger modified the phenomenological method and how he came to use philosophy/phenomenology in order to “put theology” in its place. It also explains why Heidegger still seeks God and how he still hopes to save the day (and God) by dropping logos for “thinking”.

Keywords:   logos, Martin Heidegger, death of God, Being, ontology, theo-logos, God, phenomenological method, philosophy, phenomenology

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