Journal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences / The Dialogue between Theology and Science as an Open-Ended Hermeneutics of the Human Condition

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Journal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences. 2020 13 (8)
Nesteruk, Alexei V.
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Nesteruk, Alexei V.: University of Portsmouth Portsmouth, Lion Gate Building Russian Christian Humanitarian Academy St. Petersburg, Russian Federation; ; ORCID: 0000-0001-6318-7907
creation; dialogue; hermeneutics; human condition; man; philosophy; science; subject; theology

This paper represents a direct continuation and development of my stance on the sense of the dialogue between theology and science as it is seen through the eyes of phenomenological philosophy and its extension towards theology. I further interpret the paradoxical position of humanity in the world (being an object in the world and subject for the world) to be the cause in the split between science and theology. Since, according to modern philosophy, no reconciliation between two opposites in the hermeneutics of the subject is possible, the whole issue of the facticity of human subjectivity as the sensebestowing centre of being acquires theological dimensions, requiring new developments in both theology and philosophy. The intended overcoming of the unknowability of man by himself, tacitly attempted through the “reconciliation” of science and theology (guided by a purpose to ground man in some metaphysical substance), is not ontologically achievable, but demonstrates the working of formal purposefulness (in the sense of Kant). Then the dialogue between theology and science can be considered as a teleological activity without a purpose representing never-ending hermeneutics of the human condition

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