Influence of Augustine on Heidegger

Author: de Paulo, Craig J.N.
de Paulo, Craig J.N.
This book on Augustine and Heidegger represents the single most important contribution to the study surrounding the historical and philosophical influence of St. Augustine of Hippo on Martin Heidegger’s early thought and on his magnus opus, Being and Time. This work sets the record straight about the profound influence of Augustine on Heidegger’s work, Being and Time, which promises a renaissance in phenomenology, the emergence of a new field within this discipline, and the restoration of religion to phenomenological speculation.


“ ... an important work like the present collection helps restore the traditional linkage between philosophical and religious thought ...” – Professor John Macquarrie, University of Oxford

"This monumental collection of Augustine's influence on Martin Heidegger's early thought, and Being and Time in particular, deserves the attention of Augustinian scholars and historians of philosophy since it firmly establishes Augustine's place as a father of phenomenology." - Professor Jaroslav Pelikan, Yale University

“Augustine was a problem for Heidegger. Whether for philosophy of language or philosophy of being, Heidegger’s strongest moves always seemed to have been anticipated by the Christian saint. This volume is the most serious exploration yet of the ways in which the often-unmentioned presence of Augustine in Heidegger’s mind illuminates his thought. Augustine himself is seen in a clearer light as a result of this encounter as well.” – Professor James J. O'Donnell, Georgetown University

“This book is an inquiry, by many hands, of the possibility of reading the ‘earliest’ Heidegger, Heidegger well before Being and Time but a Heidegger who penetrates Being and Time and the rest of Heidegger’s very large output, as the author of a phenomenological hermeneutics that draws substantively as well as inspirationally from Augustine and that implicates in an original way the interpretation of theological and philosophical questions. The collection pursues two directions: Augustine’s influence on Heidegger and the reading of Augustine after Heidegger. In this sense, it confronts us with the essential question of the commensurability and separability of theologized and non-theologized philosophy and the pertinence of posing such a question in a balanced reading of Heidegger himself. Heidegger, of course, is a veritable crowd of different personae, and so he will remain. But it makes very good sense to collect all the genuine members of that crowd. Dr. de Paulo has included a good number of highly regarded authorities on the matter, and we are surely in his debt.” – Professor Joseph Margolis, Temple University

Table of Contents

Preface by John Macquarrie
Introduction by Craig J.N. de Paulo
Robert Dodaro, O.S.A. – Fear of Death in the Thought of Augustine of Hippo
Theodore Kisiel – Situating Augustine in Salvation History, Philosophy’s History, and Heidegger’s History
Matthias Fritsch – Cura et Casus: Heidegger and Augustine on the Care of the Self
Peg Birmingham – Heidegger and Augustine: The Will and the Word
George Pattison – Heidegger, Augustine and Kierkegaard: Care, Time and Love
Daniel Dahlstrom – The Phenomenological Reformation in Heidegger’s Early Augustine Lectures
James K.A. Smith – Confessions of an Existentialist: Reading Augustine After Heidegger
Wayne J. Hankey – Bultmann Redivivus Radicalised: Augustine and Jesus as Heideggerian Existentialists (A Response to James K.A. Smith’s article)
James K.A. Smith – Remythologizing Heidegger: A Response to Hankey
Craig J.N. de Paulo – Following Heidegger’s Footnotes to Augustine on Timor Castus and Servilis