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Religions 2017, 8(4), 56;

Transcendence as Indistinction in Eckhart and Heidegger

Religious Studies Department, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, USA
Academic Editor: Justin Sands
Received: 8 November 2016 / Revised: 6 March 2017 / Accepted: 7 March 2017 / Published: 5 April 2017
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I examine what I call Eckhart’s doctrine of indistinction as a precursor to Heidegger’s approach to the worldhood of the world. Taking cues from textual evidence in various sections of Heidegger’s texts and lecture courses, I demonstrate that Heidegger’s ontology is at least partially inherited from Eckhart’s henology. As a result, there is an analogous logic of indistinction operative in Eckhart’s understanding of the relationship between God and creation, and the inseparability of Dasein and the world in Heidegger’s phenomenology. I conclude by suggesting that Heidegger’s reading of Eckhart is a microcosm of the relationship between continental philosophy and religion, because it demonstrates that turning one’s eyes to the logics of a different cosmology, anthropology, or ontology, may permit the eyes to see more fully what is at play in one’s own approach to the human, the world, and the relationship between them. In other words, the secular often illuminates theological blind spots, just as the theological has the power to transform, enlarge, or supplement the secular view of the consciously secular thinker, without converting philosophy to theology or vice versa. View Full-Text
Keywords: Heidegger; Eckhart; indistinction; philosophy of religion; phenomenology; henology; worldhood of the world; ontotheology Heidegger; Eckhart; indistinction; philosophy of religion; phenomenology; henology; worldhood of the world; ontotheology
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