Guds återkomst. En studie av gudsbegreppet inom postmodern filosofi

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (monograph)


In recent years the question of religion in general and of God in particular has moved center stage in contemporary philosophical reflection. The dissertation discusses this development with particular regard to the concept of God. The aim of the study is twofold. First, it examines the historical and intellectual premises for this development. Second, it offers a constructive critical analysis of the concept of God as it appears in contemporary philosophy.

The study is divided into five chapters. Chapter one offers a short introduction to the study. In the following two chapters, the historical and intellectual premises for the renewed theological reflection within parts of contemporary philosophy are examined. Chapter two focuses upon the wider philosophical context that has made possible this development, and argues that this context is related to the somewhat disputed notion of postmodernism. Chapter three completes this discussion by exploring some of the central ideas and philosophemes that underlie the "return of God".

The two final chapters offer a critical analysis of the concept of God as it appears in the work of two contemporary philosophers, Jacques Derrida and Jean-Luc Marion. In chapter four, a general presentation of the theological aspects of Derrida and Marion's thought is given. In chapter five, the contemporary philosophical conception of God - as exemplified by Derrida and Marion - is critically contrasted with some of the features that are of central importance in parts of contemporary theological discourse on God. In contrast to the philosophical discussion of God, which sometimes tends to be abstract and contextless, the contemporary theological reflection stresses the importance of language and embodiment.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Religious Studies


  • metafysik, estetik, Praktisk filosofi, ideology, epistemology, metaphysics, aesthetics, ethics, God, postmodernism, hermeneutics, phenomenology, ontology, ontotheology, transcendence, immanence, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Lévinas, Derrida, Marion, Theology, Systematic philosophy, Teologi, kunskapsteori, ideologi
Original languageSwedish
Awarding Institution
Supervisors/Assistant supervisor
  • Jeanrond, Werner G., Supervisor, External person
Award date2002 Dec 14
  • Glänta produktion
Print ISBNs91-97-4575-2-3
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

Defence details Date: 2002-12-14 Time: 14:15 Place: Carolinasalen, Kungshuset, Lundagård External reviewer(s) Name: Grøn, Arne Title: Professor Affiliation: Köpenhamn --- The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Centre for Theology and Religious Studies (015017000)