Das Nichts im Dasein und die Unruhe des HerzensDie philosophisch-theologischen Wurzeln des Begriffs der Langeweile

Zusammenfassung / Summary

In the past decades, the concept of boredom has been attracting much philosophical attention. The aim of this article is to show how concisely a summary of its anthropological, ontological and theological implications can be drawn if one starts from the famous phrase in St. Augustine’s “Confessions” that our heart is restless until it rests in God. Human personal being is conceived of here as dissatisfied or bored because of the original sin, and this conception sees its radicalization in the theory of the acedia as a being dissatisfied or bored by the bonum divinum itself. The modern philosophical discourse on ennui, Langeweile and the like inherits very truly the basic implications of inquietudo cordis and acedia even where they are the most decisively inverted, as is shown beginning with Pascal, across the very centre of German Idealist philosophy, until Cioran’s quasi-Gnostic turn and Heidegger’s attempt to understand the heart of man as directed towards its ultimate rest in the “last God”.

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