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The Phenomenology of Religious Life
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The Phenomenology of Religious Life presents the text of Heidegger's important 1920–21 lectures on religion. The volume consists of the famous lecture course Introduction to the Phenomenology of Religion, a course on Augustine and Neoplatonism, and notes for a course on The Philosophical Foundations of Medieval Mysticism that was never delivered. Heidegger's engagements with Aristotle, St. Paul, Augustine, and Luther give readers a sense of what phenomenology would come to mean in the mature expression of his thought. Heidegger reveals an impressive display of theological knowledge, protecting Christian life experience from Greek philosophy and defending Paul against Nietzsche.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
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  1. Translators’ Foreword
  2. pp. xiii-xv
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  1. Introduction to the Phenomenology of Religion: Winter Semester 1920–21
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Part Two: Methodological Introduction Philosophy, Factical Life Experience, and the Phenomenology of Religion
  2. pp. 3-3
  1. Chapter One: The Formation of Philosophical Concepts and Factical Life Experience
  2. pp. 3-13
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  1. Chapter Two: Current Tendencies of the Philosophy of Religion
  2. pp. 14-21
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  1. Chapter Three: The Phenomenon of the Historical
  2. pp. 22-37
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  1. Chapter Four: Formalization and Formal Indication
  2. pp. 38-45
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  1. Part Two: Phenomenological Explication of Concrete Religious Phenomena in Connection with the Letters of Paul
  2. pp. 47-47
  1. Chapter One: Phenomenological Interpretation of the Letters to the Galatians
  2. pp. 47-51
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  1. Chapter Two: Task and Object of the Philosophy of Religion
  2. pp. 52-60
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  1. Chapter Three: Phenomenological Explication of the First Letter to the Thessalonians
  2. pp. 61-74
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  1. Chapter Four: The Second Letter to the Thessalonians
  2. pp. 75-82
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  1. Chapter Five: Characteristics of Early Christian Life Experience
  2. pp. 83-89
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  1. Appendix: Notes and Sketches on the Lecture
  2. pp. 90-111
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  1. Augustine and Neo-Plationism: Summer Semester 1921
  2. pp. 113-114
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  1. Introductory Part: Interpretations of Augustine
  2. pp. 115-125
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  1. Main Part: Phenomenological Interpretation of Confessions; Book X
  2. pp. 127-184
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  1. Appendix I: Notes and Sketches for the Lecture Course
  2. pp. 185-202
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  1. Appendix II: Supplements from the Notes of Oskar Becker
  2. pp. 203-227
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  1. The Philosophical Foundations of Medieval Mysticism: [Outlines and Sketches for a Lecture, Not Held, 1918–1919]
  2. pp. 229-229
  1. The Philosophical Foundations of Medieval Mysticism
  2. pp. 229-254
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  1. Afterword of the Editors of the Lecture Course Winter Semester 1920–21
  2. pp. 255-258
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  1. Afterword of the Editor of the Lecture Course Summer Semester 1921 and of the Outlines and Sketches 1918–19
  2. pp. 259-264
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  1. Glossary of Key Terms
  2. pp. 265-266
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