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Heidegger's Gods

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Abstract:

The notorious difficulty of Heidegger's post-Second World War discussions of 'the gods', along with scholarly disagreement about the import of those discussions, renders that body of work an unlikely place to look for a substantive theory of religion. The thesis of this article is that, contrary to these appearances, Heidegger's later works do contain clues for developing such a theory. Heidegger's concerns about the category of 'religion' are addressed, and two recent attempts to 'de-mythologize' Heidegger's 'gods' are examined and criticized. The paper concludes by outlining four substantial contributions that Heidegger's later work makes to a phenomenological account of religion.

Keywords: God; Heidegger; gods; phenomenology of religion de-mythologizing; religion

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09672550701383517

Affiliations: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA

Publication date: 2007-06-01

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