Overcoming Onto-theology

Merold Westphal

in Overcoming Onto-Theology

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780823221301
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235483 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Overcoming Onto-theology

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This chapter looks closely at what Heidegger means by the term “onto-theology” and examines his objections to it. It claims that both the explicit critique of onto-theology in the forties and fifties and important anticipations of it from the twenties are directed toward the how rather than the what of God-talk and that they have more the spirit of Pascal than that of positivism. The chapter argues that Christian theism is not inherently onto-theological; that at its best, it is as postmodern as Heidegger in resisting onto-theological tendencies, but that it can all too easily lapse into the conceptual idolatry that is onto-theology.

Keywords: Heidegger; onto-theology; Christian theism; God-talk; positivism

Chapter.  11167 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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