Tag: Martin Heidegger

Reading Through Principles of Christian Theology part 4: Chapter 6

MacQuarrie has been interested from the very beginning of Principles of Christian Theology in the ability or inability of human language to express the experiences and revelations that make up the beginnings of religion. The first sentence of the book, after all, says that theology “seeks to express the content of this faith in the…

Christian Humanist Profiles 13: A Radical Critique of Heidegger

Certain philosophers shake up the world with a new frame of reference, a new central question, a new way to proceed in doing philosophy.  In the twentieth century Martin Heidegger was one such figure.  His turn from the Enlightenment’s overriding concern for epistemology to a new and refigured investigation of ontology meant a new philosophical…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #141: The Christian Humanist Podcast

David Grubbs leads a discussion with Nathan Gilmour and Michial Farmer about what makes our podcast a particularly Christian endeavor. We also give our personal histories with the faith and with intellectualism and explain a few movements with which we associate–and don’t associate. Our intro music this week is a Vacation Bible School classic.

Christian Humanist Profiles, Episode #7: Our Posthuman Brave New World

A few months ago, I got into an argument with a friend of mine about Google’s new driverless car. I’m much less optimistic about technology than he is, and I couldn’t share his enthusiasm about this new technological marvel. All I could think of was the tens of thousands of professional drivers—taxis and buses and…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #132: Physics

General Introduction  – Our special guest – Listener feedback – I dream of The Christian Humanist Podcast – C.S. Lewis and universalism – In which we explain pop culture to David Grubbs – Tolkien and Ransom – Anti-vaccination and the Internet – Bible episodes Aristotelian Physics – Phusis and natura – From dirt to gods…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #120: God Is Dead?

General Introduction – A bunch of listener feedback – Nathan defends the dark ages – Is country music rural? – More on metamodernism – Signifying rappers with David Foster Wallace – Episodes on spiritual disciples? – David Godot The Gay Science – Translating fröliche – Shattering boundaries – Nietzsche and homosexuality – The dismal science…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #114: Meno

General Introduction – Listener feedback – Episodes on Borges and Postman? Arête – Excellence and/or virtue – Warriors and excellences – Plato’s expansion of arête – Confucian virtue – Arête and social station – Excellence in tragedy – Meno’s definition – Answering the question carefully Why Ask the Question? – The urge to categorize –…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #112: Authenticity

General Introduction – Listener feedback – The Christian Feminist Podcast Beginning with Grammar – Reflection of essential being – The trouble with the term – Self-concept and projected self – Inauthenticity and hypocrisy Heideggerian Authenticity – What makes Dasein Dasein? – Death as Dasein’s ownmost – Authenticity vs. genuineness – Inauthentic attitudes toward death –…

Blogging through Truth and Method post 9: The Elevation of the Historicity of Understanding (265-307)

With the brief history of hermeneutical thinking in the book, Gadamer turns in this section of Truth and Method to constructing a hermeneutics that takes seriously the thrown-and-projected nature of Dasein that he finds to familiar in Heidegger. How Dasein Does Hermeneutics In Being and Time, Heidegger re-imagines time not as something through which beings…

Blogging through Truth and Method post 8: Overcoming the Epistemological Problem (242-264)

  Husserl brought the entire notion of the given—so important for German idealism—into question; in so doing, he moved beyond Dilthey, at least to a certain extent. In fact, an examination of Husserl’s books reveals that he disbelieved entirely in the sort of objectivism proffered by Dilthey and many other nineteenth-century philosophers. Phenomenology is rather…

Blogging through Truth and Method, post 4: Play as the Clue to Ontological Explanation (101-134)

Gadamer’s analysis of aesthetics will be oriented around the notion of play, but he wants to liberate the concept from the subjective bearing that it finds in the work of Kant and Schiller. Were we thinking subjectively, we would talk about play being a state of mind of the player herself; instead, Gadamer is interested…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #93.1: Answers to Your Questions

General Introduction – A month of decimals – What’s David teaching? John Donne and Death – Does he appeal to the bodily resurrection? – Quippiness, chipperness – Taking death seriously – Dimunutions and chipping away – An episode on suicide? – An episode on Donne? Christian Fiction, Revisited – Michial argues with Coyle Neal –…