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date: 15 January 2021

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This chapter examines the relationship between the thoughts of theologians and philosophers and the cities that nurtured and inspired them. Such an analysis is important because the development of modern theology, and many of the themes that have preoccupied modern philosophy – phenomenology, hermeneutics, existentialism, utilitarianism, liberalism, dialectics, dialogicalism, positivism, and post-structuralism among them – are linked to the rise of the modern city. The analysis focuses on the work of theologian and philosopher Friedrich Schleiermacher, who lived in Berlin through some of its major urban changes. It demonstrates how urban landscape served as a backdrop for the development of Schleiermacher's theology and philosophical interests in hermeneutics and dialectics; and how the city is woven into the very thought processes of his work.

Keywords: theology, theologians, philosophers, modern city, material culture, Berlin, Friedrich Schleiermacher, hermeneutics, dialectics

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