The Affirmations of Reason

On Karl Barth’s Speculative Theology

  • Sigurd Baark

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Sigurd Baark
    Pages 1-6
  3. Sigurd Baark
    Pages 7-29
  4. German Idealism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Sigurd Baark
      Pages 33-68
  5. From Dialectical to Speculative Theology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Sigurd Baark
      Pages 171-229
    3. Sigurd Baark
      Pages 279-283
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 285-291

About this book


This book examines the speculative core of Karl Barth’s theology, reconsidering the relationship between theory and practice in Barth’s thinking. A consequence of this reconsideration is the recognition that Barth’s own account of his theological development is largely correct. Sigurd Baark draws heavily on the philosophical tradition of German Idealism, arguing that an important part of what makes Barth a speculative theologian is the way his thinking is informed by the nexus of self-consciousness, reason and, freedom, which was most fully developed by Kant, Fichte, and Hegel. The book provides a new interpretation of Barth’s theology, and shows how a speculative understanding of theology is useful in today’s intellectual climate.


Karl Barth Eduard Thurneysen German Idealism Anselm of Canterbury Römerbrief II Dostoyevsky

Authors and affiliations

  • Sigurd Baark
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-70792-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-70793-8
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