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Metaphors of Light

Philipp K. Marheineke's Method and the Ongoing Program of Mediation Theology


Luis Henrique Dreher

This book offers a novel reading of the Old Hegelian Philipp K. Marheineke, challenging the established idea that a radical rupture happened between the two editions of his dogmatics (1819 viz. 1827). It construes Marheineke's work as a specific, non-Schleiermacherian expression of Vermittlungstheologie. It argues that the «complication» caused by Marheineke's encounter with the early Schelling was pivotal for his life-long thought. In this vein, metaphysical theology is not meant to provide a rational justification and grounding of religion, as many interpretations of Marheineke and Hegel would claim. Rather, Marheineke's use of Hegelian jargon takes place without the erasure of the creative ambiguities which marked, from beginning to end, his text. The «concept» (Begriff), for example, remains as much a limit-concept as «intellectual intuition» had been in Marheineke's «Schellingian» period. Thus, Marheineke's is seen as a subversive writing that interrupts Hegelian discourse as much as it endorses it. In this way, his project can be made relevant to contemporary discussions on theology and the deconstruction of metaphysics.
The Author: Luís H. Dreher was born in 1965 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He studied theology and philosophy in his native country and holds academic degrees from the Escola Superior de Teologia in São Leopoldo and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He is currently Associate Professor of Philosophy of Religion at the Religious Studies Department of the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (Brazil). He is also a pastor of the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil (IECLB).