Izvestiya of Saratov University.

Philosophy. Psychology. Pedagogy

ISSN 1819-7671 (Print)
ISSN 2542-1948 (Online)

Full text:
(downloads: 26)
Article type: 

Heidegger as a “Christian theologian”?

Falev Egor V., Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov

The article considers one of Heidegger’s statements presented in a letter to his friend K. Lowit dated August 19, 1921, in which he defines himself as a “Christian theologian”. The main existing perspectives on Heidegger’s “religiosity” being listed, the question arises, can we, and if so, in which sense, call Heidegger a “faithful Christian”? To answer this question, one needs to distinguish between “ontic theology” and “onto-theology”, the latter concept being very close to Heidegger’s own project of “fundamental ontology”. Then one needs to understand what Heidegger meant by “being a Christian theologian”. That includes objectivity, “radical involvedness” and historical consciousness. The correlation between scientific objectivity of the modern natural sciences and the "objectivity" of a Christian theologian is the next question. One of the conclusions is the possibility to draw Heidegger’s “radical involvedness” and “true faith” close to each other in an onto-theological sense. Hence, the ability for faith in the highest sense may be considered as an essential distinctive quality of a human mode of being.


1. Konacheva S. A. By`tie. Svyashhennoe. Bog. Hajdegger i fi losofskaya teologiya XX veka [Being, Sacral, God. Heidegger and philosophical theology in the 20th century]. Moscow, RSHU Publ., 2010. 352 p. (in Russian).

2. Brosova N. Z. Teologicheskie aspekty fi losofi i istorii M. Hajdeggera [Theological aspects of Heidegger’s philosophy of history]. Diss. Doct. Sci. (Philos.). Moscow, 2007. 192 p. (in Russian).

3. Nicshe F., Frejd Z., Fromm E., Kamu A., Sartre J.-P. Ekzistentsializm – eto gumanizm [Existentialism is a humanism]. In: Sumerki bogov [Twilight of the Gods]. Moscow, 1990, pp. 168–183 (in Russian).

4. Kossak E. Ekzistencializm v fi losofi ii literature [Existentialism in philosophy and literature]. Transl. from Polish. Moscow, Politizdat Publ., 1980. 360 p. (in Russian).

5. Zorin A. L. Ekzistencializm I pozitivnyj ekzistencializm N. Abbanyano [Existentialism and N. Abbagnano’s ‘positive existentialism’]. In: Abbagnano N. Struktura ekzistencii. Vvedenie v ekzistencializm. Pozitivnyj ekzistencializm I drugie raboty [The structure of existence. Introduction to existentialism. Positive existentialism and other works]. St. Petersburg, Alteya Publ., 1997, pp. 5–18 (in Russian).

6. Nizhnikov S. A. Existential model of interaction between philosophical and theological discourses. Vestnik RUDN. Ser. Philosophy, 2007, no. 3, pp. 18–30 (in Russian).

7. Kondrau G. Philosophische und anthropologiscegrundlagen der daseinsanalyse. HORIZON, 5 (2) 2016: II. Translations and Commentaries: I. Kazakova, S. 315–427 (transl. from German to Russian).

8. Kisiel T. The Genesis of Heidegger’s Being and Time. University of California Press, 1995. 622 p.

9. Heidegger M. Gesamtausgabe. II. Abteilung. Bd. 58. Grundprobleme der Phanomenologie (1919–1920). Frankfurt am Mein, Vittorio Klostermann, 1993. 280 S.

10. Heidegger M. Gesamtausgabe. II. Abteilung. Bd. 63. Ontologie (Hermeneutik der Faktizitat). Frankfurt am Mein, Vittorio Klostermann, 1995. 128 S.

11. Heidegger M. Gesamtausgabe. I. Abteilung. Bd. 2. Sein und Zeit. Frankfurt am Mein, Vittorio Klostermann, 1977. 600 S.

12. Heidegger M. Gesamtausgabe. II. Abteilung. Bd. 60. Phanomenologie des religiosen Lebens. Frankfurt am Mein, Vittorio Klostermann, 1995. 364 S.

13. Paskal’ B. Mysli [Thoughts]. Moscow, Izdatel’stvo im. Sabashnikovykh, 1995. 480 p.

14. Heidegger M. Phanomenologie und Theologie (1927) // Gesamtausgabe. I. Abteilung. Bd. 9. Wegmarken. Frankfurt am Mein : Vittorio Klostermann, 1976, S. 45–78.