Heidegger's Phenomenology of Religion

Heidegger's Phenomenology of Religion

Realism and Cultural Criticism
Benjamin D. Crowe
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 11/21/2007
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-21939-8
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Throughout his long and controversial career, Martin Heidegger developed a substantial contribution to the phenomenology of religion. In Heidegger's Phenomenology of Religion, Benjamin D. Crowe examines the key concepts and developmental phases that characterized Heidegger's work. Crowe shows that Heidegger's account of the meaning and structure of religious life belongs to his larger project of exposing and criticizing the fundamental assumptions of late modern culture. He reveals Heidegger as a realist through careful readings of his views on religious attitudes and activities. Crowe challenges interpretations of Heidegger's early efforts in the phenomenology of religion and later writings on religion, including discussions of Greek religion and Hölderlin's poetry. This book is sure to spark discussion and debate as Heidegger's work in religion and the philosophy of religion becomes increasingly important to scholars and beyond.

Author Bio

Benjamin D. Crowe teaches in the philosophy department at the University of Utah. He is author of Heidegger's Religious Origins (IUP, 2006).


“A book that is sure to spark discussion and debate for years to come as Heidegger's work in religion and the philosophy of religion becomes increasingly important to scholars and beyond.”

“[This book] will be useful for those interested in the philosophy of religion, or in the philosophy of Heidegger, or in criticism of the culture of modernity.”
 — Robert Dostal, Bryn Mawr College

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations of Works by Heidegger
1. Religion and Cultural Criticism
The Conceptual Framework for Heidegger's Cultural Criticism
Modernity and Subjectivism
Modernity and Theology
Philosophical Voices of Modernity: Neo-Kantianism and Nietzsche
Anti-Realism and Religion
2. Heidegger's Early Phenomenology of Religion
Fundamental Themes
The "Grace-Character" of Religious Life
The "Givenness" or "Objecthood" of God
Friedrich Schleiermacher: Realism and Phenomenological Method
Edmund Husserl
Adolf Reinach
Heidegger's Earliest Sketches of a Phenomenology of Religion
Winter Semester 1920<N>1921: Heidegger's Lectures on Pauline Christianity
Summer Semester 1921: Heidegger's Lectures on Augustine
3. Heidegger's Later Phenomenology of Religion
New Elements, Persisting Project
The Concept of "The Holy"
Phenomenology of Greek Religion
The "Gods"
Religion and "Being-in-the-World" in Heidegger's Later Works