Heidegger and the Prospect of a Phenomenology of Prayer

Benjamin Crowe

in The Phenomenology of Prayer

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780823224951
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235797 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Heidegger and the Prospect of a Phenomenology of Prayer

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This chapter examines the early works of philosophers Wilhelm Dilthey and Martin Heidegger and how they related to prayer. It explains how a hermeneutical approach to prayer might proceed and demonstrates that prayer is best understood when it is not disembedded from its home in factical religious life. It suggests that prayer gives expression and definition to habits formed in serving, expecting, and waiting for God and its meaning cannot be determined in the abstract.

Keywords: Wilhelm Dilthey; Martin Heidegger; prayer; hermeneutic prayer; religious life

Chapter.  6011 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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