Symposium: Heidegger and Theology – After the Black Notebooks (2015)

Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, Lund University, 14–15 December 2015

In 2014 the first volumes of Martin Heidegger’s Black Notebooks were published. The material lamentably confirms the philosopher’s nationalistic and anti-Semitic penchant. This symposium will ponder the relationship between Heidegger and theology in light of the new facts revealed by the Notebooks. Five prominent Heidegger scholars will reflect on the importance of theology for Heidegger in relation to the Notebooks. Heidegger himself was deeply influenced by both Catholic and Protestant theology, and it can be asked to what extent Christian anti-Jewish motifs shaped Heidegger’s own thought. A second aim of the symposium is to explore Heidegger’s crucial role for modern theology. Heidegger in many ways salvaged theology into the secular era by offering it a new methodological foundation. But what does this mean for the task and identity of theology in light of the Notebooks?


  • Peter Trawny, Professor of Philosophy, Bergische Universität Wuppertal and Director of Martin-Heidegger-Institut.
  • Hans Ruin, Professor of Philosophy, Södertörn University
  • Judith Wolfe, Lecturer in Theology & the Arts, University of St Andrews
  • George Pattison, Professor of Divinity, University of Glasgow
  • Claudia Welz, Professor of Systematic Theology and Director of the Center for the Study of Jewish Thought in Modern Culture, University of Copenhagen
For further details about this programme, including abstracts and speaker biographies, please view:
The symposium is open to all and free of charge, but places are limited and must be booked in advance (by 1 December). To book, please email: jayne.svenungssonteol.luse
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