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Heidegger on the Problem of the Embodiment of God

Wang Wen-Sheng
Published Online: 2018-01-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/yewph-2017-0019


“Embodiment of God” is understood by me as “the appearance of God,” and in terms of “divinity (Gottheit),” “holy (Heilig),” and “Being (Sein).” Heidegger states in “Letter on Humanism”: “Only from the truth of Being can the essence of the holy be thought. Only from the essence of the holy is the essence of the divinity to be thought. Only in the light of the essence of divinity can it be thought or said what the word ‘God’ is to signify.”1 This statement basically shows how the latter stage, namely “God” appears or is embodied in the world. It also manifests how Heidegger understands onto-theology. “Letter on Humanism” was written in 1946. Is such a relation between ontology and theology to be found in Heidegger’s early works? What of Heidegger’s position after 1946? How can we understand Heidegger’s position on God according to his works in general with regard to my formulation of it as the “embodiment of God”?

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Published Online: 2018-01-20

Published in Print: 2017-12-20

Citation Information: Yearbook for Eastern and Western Philosophy, Volume 2017, Issue 2, Pages 257–272, ISSN (Online) 2196-5897, ISSN (Print) 2196-5889, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/yewph-2017-0019.

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