Call for Papers
Special Issue: Only a God Can Save Us “Nur noch ein Gott kann uns retten”

Information note
Date of online publication: 01 March 2021

1Forum Philosophicum, an international philosophical journal, invites submissions to a Special Issue entitled “Only a God Can Save Us ‘Nur noch ein Gott kann uns retten’,” to be published in open-access form by the Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow at the end of 2021.

2Guest Editors: Anna Jani (Pázmány Péter Catholic University), Łukasz Kołoczek (Pedagogical University of Krakow)

3Already, in the wake of its publication, Martin Heidegger’s important Der Spiegel interview prompted researchers to start exploring his political stance and theological insights. The entanglement of his thought with the philosophy of God and theological issues has been a major subject of discussion from the outset, and remains a matter of ongoing debate. Despite the existence of a tremendous body of literature on the subject, new texts from the Nachlass continue to appear, shedding additional light on his thinking. In this respect, 1989 proved something of a breakthrough year, with the publication of Contributions to Philosophy [Beiträge zur Philosophie], followed by subsequent works developing the project of Being (for example, Das Ereignis in 2009 – HGA 71), and then further volumes containing texts with something of the character of notes, such as the Black Notebooks (Winke I and Winke II are released this year as HGA 101). In particular, these new texts, unknown to commentators during earlier stages of the discussion, contain a wealth of interesting material as regards analysis of the question of God.

4Above and beyond ongoing discussion of Heidegger’s involvement with Nazism, his other ideas remain the subject of vigorous debate. Typically, though, his writings – even the most esoteric ones – have been taken up by philosophers also influenced by the analytical tradition, who seek to translate his thinking into a more argumentative mode of discourse. Furthermore, the link between Heidegger’s philosophy and poetry has increasingly come to be emphasized, with the problem of God and gods being seen as falling within the scope of theo-poetics.

5Our intention is to take a close look at the current state of research into the question, broadly construed, of god in Heidegger’s thought. We would therefore especially welcome submissions with a focus on one or other of the topics and/or questions below:

6• Heidegger’s thinking about God/god in contrast to that of other philosophers; post-Heideggerian ontological projects seen in the light of Heidegger’s diagnosis.

7• To what extent did the philosophical issues raised by Christianity influence his approach to this question in the early years? Do Heidegger’s recent “Gesamtausgabe” texts shed new light on his previously recorded statements about God?

8• Hölderlin, Trakl, Rilke and George: Heidegger’s poetic inspirations in respect of the question of God. Theo-poetics: a new paradigm in the study of Heidegger’s late thought.

9• Heidegger and atheism: regarding his relation to the philosophy of religion, the meaning and importance of “raising hands against God” in Heidegger’s early lecture on Aristotle.

10• The relationship between onto-theo-logical questioning and the question of God.

11• The ontological consequences of ontological decisions: how should we think about being “from within the fourfold”?

12• Connections between Heidegger’s anti-metaphysical stance and attempts to formulate the question of God.

13• Theo-politics: on the political consequences of theological thinking. The current state of the discussion of the issue(s) of God, gods and the last god in Heidegger’s philosophy.

14Guidelines for submissions can be found at the official site of the journal:

15Articles should be written in English. The typical length of an article should be 30,000–40,000 characters including spaces, counting footnotes, references, abstracts and keywords.

16Deadline for submissions: September 30, 2021

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18If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.