Hvem er befrieren? Idealisme og realisme: Perspektiver på Platons hulelignelse hos Løgstrup og Heidegger

Translated title of the contribution: Who is the Liberator? Idealism and Realism: Persepctives on Plato's Allegory of the Cave in Løgstrup and Heidegger

Bjørn Rabjerg

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Abstract

When Danish theologian and philosopher K E. Løgstrup (1905-81) followed Heidegger’s lectures On the Essence of Truth in 1933-34, he encountered an interpretation of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave which influenced his view on the dangers of Idealism, thus shaping what became a central theme in his works, the importance of realism and to focus on what is concrete. This article explores two main areas: (1) Løgstrup’s concept of understanding and its relation to disclosure and revelation (both in a philosophical and theological sense), and (2) Heidegger’s interpretation of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave – as found in Løgstrup’s own notes in his posthumous manuscripts – and this interpretation’s link to Nazism. To Løgstrup, philosophy and theology must concern itself with life inside the cave, the reality of our human existence, because doctrines concerning life outside the cave lead to the dangers of idealism.
Translated title of the contributionWho is the Liberator? Idealism and Realism: Persepctives on Plato's Allegory of the Cave in Løgstrup and Heidegger
Original languageDanish
JournalSlagmark
Volume2017
Issue76
Pages (from-to)151-165
Number of pages15
ISSN0101-8084
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017

Keywords

  • Løgstrup
  • Heidegger
  • Idealism
  • Realism
  • Nazism

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