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The religious elephant in Heidegger’s phenomenological room

Martis, John (2016) The religious elephant in Heidegger’s phenomenological room. Pacifica, 29 (3). pp. 244-260. ISSN 1030-570X


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In his lectures on the Phenomenology of Religious Life (1920–21), Martin Heidegger offers a phenomenological reading of Paul’s Galatian and Thessalonian letters, seeing these as themselves proclaiming the phenomenological attitude. Curiously, however, Heidegger’s analysis of Thessalonian facticity appears to separate the factical status of Thessalonian ‘having-become’ from that of its faith content. This article sees that decision as itself displaying elements of theorization, and abandonment of the phenomenological aim of allowing experience to show itself out of itself. More, Heidegger’s approach misses an opportunity to notice the ‘in Christ’ as constitutive of a structural ‘incursion of an absolute other’ that sustains the phenomenological approach, saving it from falling into its theorizing other, the scientific worldview.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: Heidegger, Paul, Thessalonians, Galatians, phenomenology, deconstruction, facticity, phenomenology of religious life, pneuma, temporality
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Strategic Basic Research
Subjects: A - Philosophy
College/Association with University of Divinity: Pilgrim Theological College
Depositing User: Mr Micah Daley-Carey
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2017 02:17
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2017 04:23
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2955

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