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The emphasis on individual choice, life, and feelings has a huge impact on present-day Western religiosity. In the overwhelming offer of publications oriented towards the enigma of I-hood and its possible reference to something beyond the physical two general groups can be distinguished. The often oversimplified 'theology' that is generally available forms a very fragile protection against those philosophies that try to convince the modern I to stop finding the meaning of its life beyond the physical. In the search for an antidote to the seeming hegemony of naturalistic explanations of I-hood, the subject philosophy of Dieter Henrich (1927) stands out. In contemporary philosophical language, he provides a sharp analysis of the ambiguity of what it means to be a self-conscious being in the world.

Keywords: contemporary philosophical language; Dieter Henrich; theology



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