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The concept of ontotheology stems from I. Kant and characterizes, along with cosmo­theology, the second branch of transcendental theology. The task of ontotheology is “to recognize its (i.e. the primal being’s) existence by concepts, without the assistance of the slightest degree of experience” (Critique of Pure Reason, 1781, B 660). The current philosophical use of the concept of ontotheology in the sense of onto-theo-logic was coined by M. Heidegger, who used it to characterize Western metaphysics as a whole. For inasmuch as “metaphysics (conceives of)…

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Gander, Hans-Helmuth, “Ontotheology”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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