In the academic year 1920-1921 at the University of Freiburg, Martin Heidegger gave a series of extraordinary lectures on the phenomenological significance of the religious thought of St. Paul and St. Augustine. The publication of these lectures in 1995 settled a long disputed question, the decisive role played by Christian theology in the development of Heidegger's philosophy. The lectures present a special challenge to readers of Heidegger and theology alike. Experimenting with language and drawing upon a wide range of now obscure authors, Heidegger is finding his way to Being and Time through the labyrinth of his Catholic past and his increasing fascination with Protestant theology. A Companion to Heidegger's Phenomenology of Religious Life is written by an international team of Heidegger specialists.
Abbreviations Preface The Historical Contexts of Heidegger's 1920-21 Religion Courses Holger Zaborowski: A "Genuinely Religiously Orientated Personality". Martin Heidegger and the Religious and Theological Origins of his Philosophy Alfred Denker: Traces of Heidegger's Religious Struggle in his Phenomenology of Religious Life Istvan M. Feher: Religion, Theology and Philosophy on the Way to Being and Time: Heidegger, Dilthey and Early Christianity Franco Volpi: Heidegger and the Ascesis of Thought Jeffrey Andrew Barash: Theology and the Historicity of Faith in the Perspective of the Young Martin Heidegger Sylvain Camilleri: A Historical Note on Heidegger's Relationship to Ernst Troeltsch Phenomenological Method in the Early Heidegger Jean Greisch: Heidegger's Methodological Principles for Understanding Religious Phenomena Andrzej Wiercinski: Heidegger's Atheology: The Possibility of Unbelief S.J. McGrath: Formal Indication, Irony, and the Risk of Saying Nothing Reading Heidegger on Paul, Augustine, and Christian Mysticism Jaromir Brejdak: Philosophia Crucis: The Influence of Paul on Heidegger's Phenomenology Graeme Nicholson: The End of Time: Temporality in Paul's Letters to the Thessalonians Gerhard Ruff: Present History: Reflections on Martin Heidegger's Approach to Early Christianity Jennifer Anna Gosetti-Ferencei: The Poetics of World: Origins of Poetic Theory in Heidegger's Phenomenology of Religious Life Daniel Dahlstrom: Truth and Temptation: Confessions and Existential Analysis Costantino Esposito: Memory and Temptation: Heidegger Reads Book X of Augustine's Confessions Theodore Kisiel: Notes for a Work on the `Phenomenology of Religious Life' (1916-19) Sylvain Camilleri: The Theological Architecture of the Religious Life-World according to Heidegger's Proto-Phenomenology of Religion (1916-1919) Dermot Moran: Choosing a Hero: Heidegger's Conception of Authentic Life in Relation to Early Christianity