Vom Preis des Gebets

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According to the text, the question of the prayer is the most difficult theological question of our time. It argues that the loss of a symbolic order with God in its center has lead to the traumatic experience of an empty prayer in the occident. The position that was once inhabited by a divine addressee, is now occupied by a void that devours all sense. Schelling’s attempt to reconstitute a God to whom one can pray fails as he tries to represent the absolute in a positive manner directly. The text argues that when the praying subject cannot directly reach its recipient, it needs to take the detour of relocating itself, which implies the loss of the self as the center of power. Through an examination of Leibniz’ monad, self-affection in Kant and Hegel’s early fragment on love, the subject is shown to reside in its radical openness and to constitute a fracture against a world of objects whose absolute determinedness closes off any symbolic order that lives through references and displacements. The text shows that the prayer questions traditional symbolic orders and is able to reconfigure them and open them up. A new world of creativity and sensibility can only be established when all fixed images and causal-mechanical timeframes that constitute the world lose their often unquestioned validity. Finally, the text argues that the Christian prayer - taking place in spirit through the son addressed to the father - points at a twofold translation and relocation of the praying subject until the prayer can reach its addressee and thus the praying subject constitutes itself as a translated subject in front of God.
Titel in ÜbersetzungOn the Price (Praise) of Prayer
TitelPreis der Sterblichkeit
UntertitelChristentum und Neuer Humanismus
Redakteure*innenKurt Appel
ErscheinungsortFreiburg im Breisgau
Herausgeber (Verlag)Verlag Herder GmbH und Co. KG
ISBN (Print)978-3-451-02271-5
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 9 Juni 2015


ReiheQuaestiones Disputatae

ÖFOS 2012

  • 603206 Fundamentaltheologie
  • 603118 Religionsphilosophie
  • 603221 Spirituelle Theologie


  • Gebet
  • Philosophie des Gebets
  • Hegel
  • Leibniz
  • Schelling
  • Psalm 36
  • Vermehrung der Brote
  • Mc 6,30-44
  • Apprezzare la preghiera

    Titel in Übersetzung: Vom Preis des GebetsAppel, K., 2015, Apprezzare la morte: Cristianesimo e nuovo umanesimo. Sequeri, P., Appel, K., Rossi, M. & Neri, M. (Hrsg.). EDB, Band 5. S. 71-131 sowie 138-142 97 S. (PerConoscenza).

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