Konacheva Svetlana

Contemporary Continental Philosophical Theology: Phenomenological-Hermeneutical Approach

Konacheva Svetlana (2017) "Contemporary Continental Philosophical Theology: Phenomenological-Hermeneutical Approach ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia I : Bogoslovie. Filosofiia. Religiovedenie, 2017, vol. 73, pp. 106-119 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturI201773.106-119


The article is devoted to the modern continental philosophical theology, oriented to phenomenological-hermeneutical methods. Continental philosophical theology of the twentieth century brings into the question the concept of philosophical theology and justifies over again the possibility of a dialogue between philosophy and theology. We analyze the main directions of the treatment of this dialogue: the renewal of metaphysics in Catholic theology, in the works of K.Rahner, B.Welte and the overcoming of metaphysics in Protestant thought, in the works of K.Barth, H.Ott, W.Weischedel. In the works of Karl Rahner the question of the relationship between philosophy and theology is viewed as a metaphysical question about the nature of man. Bernhard Welte substantiates the possibility of thinking of God in philosophical theology by referring to the phenomenological description of the ways in which human can experience the meeting with God. We argue that the renewal of metaphysics in Catholic thought means that philosophical theology is understood as a special way of thinking, presupposing a rejection of the strategies of objectifying grasp; this way of thinking allows the Holy to appear, remaining completely non-objective. In Protestant theology, the project of overcoming metaphysics unfolds as a radical criticism of the traditional forms of combining philosophy and theology, demonstrating the incompatibility of the cognitive strategies of philosophy with Revelation and as an attempt in a dialogue with phenomenological-hermeneutic philosophy to return theology to its original task, that is, to think God from the event of His Revelation. The main conclusion of the article is that the possibility of philosophical theology in continental thought is associated with the transformation the ways of thinking of God, the transfer thinking into the mode of question, where the questioner himself is brought into the question.


philosophical theology, phenomenological method, metaphysics, thinking, being, entity, world, Revelation, experience, dialogue, event


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Information about the author

Konacheva Svetlana

Academic Degree: Doctor of Sciences* in Philosophy;
Academic Rank: Associate Professor;
Place of work: Russian State University for the Humanities; 6 Miusskaia Sq., Moscow 125993 GSP-3, Russian Federation;
Post: Head of chair of modern problems of philosophy, Department of Philosophy;
Email: konacheva@mail.ru.

*According to ISCED 2011, a post-doctoral degree called Doctor of Sciences (D.Sc.) is given to reflect second advanced research qualifications or higher doctorates.


The article is written within the framework of the project №15-03-00802 "Aestheticization and eventfulness in contemporary phenomenology" supported by RFBR Foundation