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Sartre, Schelling, and onto-theology

Gardner, S; (2006) Sartre, Schelling, and onto-theology. Religious Studies , 42 (3) pp. 247-271. 10.1017/S0034412506008407. Green open access

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Abstract

It is well known that Sartre describes his form of existentialism as atheistic, and much of the rhetoric of Sartrean existentialism draws off the image of God's absence from the world. There are nevertheless, I argue, deep grounds for thinking that the coherence and well-groundedness of Sartre's thought requires that his phenomenological ontology take finally the form of an onto-theology: Sartre's ontology runs into difficulties concerning the origin of the for-itself and the unity of being; an onto-theology like Schelling's, which avoids the ‘ontological optimism’ that Sartre objects to in Hegel, both releases Sartre's ontology from its difficulties and furthers Sartre's central philosophical purposes.

Type: Article
Title: Sartre, Schelling, and onto-theology
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0034412506008407
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0034412506008407
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10050015
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