Use this URL to cite or link to this record in EThOS:
Title: Karl Barth : God's enlightenment : elemental themes from a Wittgenstein metanarrative
Author: MacDonald, N. B.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1994
Availability of Full Text:
Full text unavailable from EThOS.
Please contact the current institution’s library for further details.
It is the argument of this thesis that Karl Barth's theology is an attempt to resolve the conflict between two ostensibly opposing historic aspirations. One is represented in the moral autonomy and critical attitude of the Enlightenment epitomised by Kant's declaration Sapere Aude! The other is represented by the Romantic (nostalgic) impulse for unification and integration with the Infinite, with God. Barth, like Hegel before him, attempts to maintain and hold the two forces together, to acknowledge the claims of both in his theology. Decisive to this project is Barth's resolution of the metatheological dilemma Franz Overbeck set for theology. It can be shown that not only is it the case Overbeck's metatheological dilemma informs Romans II, it is the final horizon for Fides Quaerens Intellectum and the Church Dogmatics. Indeed, it is clear that Barth's answer to Overbeck - sui generis theological truth - is already implicit in Barth's theological development as early as his lecture The Strange New World of the Bible. Barth's encounter with Overbeck is responsible for the one thing missing from The Stange New World of the Bible - the dialectical irony ever present in Barth's theology from Romans II onwards. Ludwig Wittgenstein, his philosophy and his intellectual and cultural world, is the unifying metanarrative uncovering the specific means by which Barth attempted to achieve his objectives. Wittgenstein's philosophy too is implicated in the attempt to resolve the two apparently irreconcilable forces of the time; Wittgenstein's philosophy too grapples with a metadilemma, Hume's metaphilosophical dilemma.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available