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Finitude
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I. Philosophy – II. Philosophy of Religion – III. Dogmatics

I. Philosophy

In philosophy, finitude refers basically to that which has bounds or is limited and already R. Descartes considered it a defining essence of human being and knowing. This idea was adopted by I. Kant and extensively dealt with in the discussion of the human ability of cognition. In German idealism, especially in F.W.J. Schelling and G.F.W. Hegel, the interdependence or dialectics of finitude and infinity was the…

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Figal, Günter and Adriaanse, Hendrik Johan, “Finitude”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_04327>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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