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date: 05 June 2020

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This chapter explores the interplay of radical philosophy and political theology by examining the path that Martin Heidegger followed from Catholicism through philosophical atheism to a new religion of Being, and the connection of this understanding of Being to his messianic political theology. In doing so, it shows how the trajectory inaugurated by Heidegger's theological starting-point led through a seemingly abstract concern with issues of fundamental ontology to a fatal political commitment, the withdrawal from which further impacted his later vision of both religion and philosophy.

Keywords: Martin Heidegger, radical philosophy, political theology, Being, ontology, philosophical atheism

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