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The Twinkling of an Eye - Kierkegaard and Heidegger on the Possibility of Faith

Burch, M (2009) 'The Twinkling of an Eye - Kierkegaard and Heidegger on the Possibility of Faith.' American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, 83 (2). pp. 219-238. ISSN 1051-3558

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Abstract

In this paper I challenge the received view of the relationship between Kierkegaard and Heidegger and explore the relationship between phenomenology and theology. Against the received view—the familiar claim that Heidegger “secularizes” Kierkegaard—I argue that both philosophers attempt to uncover the existential conditions for the possibility of an authentic existence and take the passionate religious life to be one form of such an existence. Therefore, Heidegger’s concept of resoluteness does not represent a secularized break with but rather a phenomenological development of Kierkegaard’s concept of inwardness; and both concepts represent a mode of existence that is the condition for the possibility of genuine Christian faith. This grounding relationship between resoluteness and faith, I argue, is representative of Heidegger’s view of the relationship between phenomenological and theological concepts in general. Thus, my argument not only sheds light on Heidegger’s development of Kierkegaard but it also clarifies some important features of the relationship between phenomenology and theology.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities > Philosophy and Art History, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2017 12:43
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:25
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/15008

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