Herausforderung: Wertbegründung: Die Bedeutung des christlichen Existentialismus Gabriel Marcels und der existentiellen Phänomenologie für die Moraltheologie

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Moral theology is a subject with a constantly provoking name. It has to face the challenge to explain its self-conception in a new way. Theology and moral explanations seem to be unable to provide any explanations for life anymore – though the human person stays an enigma to himself. Existential experiences cannot be avoided; they decide whether life is experienced as success or as failure, whether it is meaningful or meaningless.
A Christian existentialism, though seemingly self-contradictive, can explain values in the wider horizon of meaning. I prove this thesis by consulting Gabriel Marcel and the existential phenomenology of Edith Stein. This argumentation permits to confront broken meaning with the healing power of revelation.
Original languageGerman
Article number2
Pages (from-to)15-37
Number of pages23
JournalForum Katholische Theologie
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020


  • Gabriel Marcel
  • Edith Stein
  • Wert
  • Moraltheologie
  • Erkenntnistheorie
  • Existentialismus
  • Sinn

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