Flight of the Gods: Philosophical Perspectives on Negative Theology

Flight of the Gods: Philosophical Perspectives on Negative Theology

Flight of the Gods: Philosophical Perspectives on Negative Theology

Flight of the Gods: Philosophical Perspectives on Negative Theology

Synopsis

Contemporary continental philosophy approaches metaphysics with great reservation. A point of criticism concerns traditional philosophical speaking about God. Whereas Nietzsche, with his question "God is dead; who killed Him?" was, in his time, highly "unzeitgema" and shocking, the twentieth century by contrast, saw Heidegger's concept of "onto-theology" and its implied problematization of the God of the metaphysicians quickly become a famous term. In Heidegger's words, to a philosophicalconcept or "being" we can neither pray, nor kneel. Heidegger did not, however, return to the God of Christian faith. He tried to initiate a new way of speaking about God - a way that reveals the limits of philosophical discourse. Derrida, Marion, Bataille, Adorno, Taubes and Bakhtin, each in their own way, continue this exploration begun by Nietzsche and Heidegger. This book takes a fresh look at these developments. The "death of God" as the editors say in an introductory study, announces notso much the death of the "old God" - the God of philosophers, theologians and believers - but rather the death of the god who put himself on His throne: autonomous human reason. In listening to the reactions to this dethronement of autonomous reason, the editors believe they hear the echoes of an experience of an embarrassment rooted partly in an old medieval tradition: negative theology. With the death of this "new god," might a sensitivity reappear for transcendence? Here the editors want to offer a platform where contemporary philosophers of culture can again pose the question of speaking about God.

Excerpt

Ilse N. Bulhof and Laurens ten Kate

The question concerns neither dogmatics nor any articles
of faith. the question is simply, whether God has fled
from us or not, and whether we are still able to experience
this flight truly and creatively.

Martin Heidegger

Vantage Point of This Book

Contemporary continental philosophy approaches metaphysics with great reservation. a point of criticism concerns traditional focuses on philosophical speaking about God. Whereas Nietzsche, with his question "God is dead; who killed Him?," was, in his time, highly shocking and 'unzeitgemäß,' the twentieth century, in contrast, saw Heidegger's concept of 'onto-theology' quickly become a famous term. This concept expresses a critical attitude toward the God of the philosophers who is only to be conceived of according to the logic of Being. in Heidegger's words, to such a God we can neither pray nor kneel. He did not, however, return to the God of the Christian faith, but tried to initiate a new philosophical way of speaking about God—a way that also reveals the limits of philosophical discourse. Thinkers like Derrida, Marion, Bataille, Adorno, Taubes, and Bakhtin, each in their own way, continue the exploration begun by Nietzsche and Heidegger. It is striking that what once belonged to the traditional domain of philosophical theology now finds new life among these contemporary thinkers in the form of cultural philosophical reflections. the authors of this book take a fresh look at these developments,

Mein bisheriger Weg (1937/38; Gesamtausgabe 66, 415. (Editor's translation.)

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