Two Models of Radical Revelation in Austrian Philosophy

  • Balazs Mezei Peter Pazmany Catholic University

Abstract

In this paper I highlight two opposing models of the notion of divine revelation: the propositional and the radical. The propositional understanding of revelation was central to theology and philosophy until the 19th century. Since then, a number of other models of revelation have emerged. I define as radical the understanding of revelation which emphasizes two features of revelation: 1) God’s existence is *per se* revelatory; 2) God’s revelation is *per se* self-revelation. I propose too an assessment of the notion of propositional revelation as presented by Richard Swinburne. And I offer detailed analyses of two representatives of the early understanding of divine revelation as self-revelation: the views of Bernard Bolzano and Anton Günther. Bolzano, the renowned mathematician, was also a philosopher of religion; and Günther, one of the most ingenious writers in Austrian philosophy, was not only a theologian but also a philosopher comparable to the important figures of 19th century German thought. 
Published
2009-03-21
How to Cite
Mezei, B. (2009). Two Models of Radical Revelation in Austrian Philosophy. European Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 1(1), 99-120. https://doi.org/10.24204/ejpr.v1i1.332
Section
Research Articles