The Roaring Later Twenties

Kenneth Oakes

in Karl Barth on Theology and Philosophy

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199661169
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745577 | DOI:
The Roaring Later Twenties

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Several pieces Barth wrote dealing with theology and philosophy in the late 1920s are analyzed in Chapter Four. Dissatisfied with certain elements of the correspondence thesis, in the later 1920s Barth undertakes four different, and not necessarily compatible, ‘experiments’ regarding theology and philosophy. This chapter first covers Barth’s understanding of theological and philosophical ethics in his Ethics and the 1929 essay, ‘Theologische und Philosophische Ethik.’ It then handles Barth’s interpretations of Kant and Herder in Protestant Theology in the nineteenth century as well as his theological response to idealist and realist philosophies in the essay ‘Fate and Idea in Theology.’ Some of John Milbank’s criticisms of Barth on theology and philosophy are handled as well.

Keywords: Barth; theology and philosophy; theological ethics; independence; Kant; Herder; idealism; realism; Milbank

Chapter.  17554 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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