The author wants to thank Professor Madigan for his work on the text and an anonymous reviewer for his remarks.
The ‘German Fathers’ of the Theological Turn in Phenomenology: Scheler, Reinach, Heidegger
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2012
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The Heythrop Journal
Volume 55, Issue 4, pages 545–552, July 2014
How to Cite
Camilleri, S. (2014), The ‘German Fathers’ of the Theological Turn in Phenomenology: Scheler, Reinach, Heidegger. The Heythrop Journal, 55: 545–552. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2265.2012.00764.x
- Issue published online: 19 MAY 2014
- Article first published online: 3 JUN 2012
This essay returns to the origins of the phenomenology of religion, offering an introduction to and a discussion of seminal contributions to the field. Three figures are examined: Max Scheler, Adolf Reinach and the early Martin Heidegger, who are presented as the ‘German Fathers’ of the phenomenology of religion. Each conducted a radical foray into the religious life-world, sometimes in accord with the project of their Master Edmund Husserl, sometimes opposing or radically revising his project, but typically developing new methods and proposing radical insights. They attempted to define the proper attitude a phenomenologist – who might possibly also be a religious person – should adopt in the face of phenomena and lived experiences clearly beyond the ordinary. This enterprise led to heated debates and a rich analysis described here.