BY The recent death of Paul Tillich has not brought with it a diminution of interest in his thought. He is recognized as a leadlng figure in contemporary theology. It has been predicted that the influence of his thinking will increase rather than diminish. The current publication of his collected works in the Cerman language 1 is making many of his writings available that were formerly difficult to obtain. This in itself will stimulate scholarly interest, making it much easier to study his thought in depth and to give careful attention to the meaning of his concepts. One of THlich's major philosophical concepts is that of autonomy. It is fundamental to his idea of freedom. It furnishes, we believe, one of the major axes about which his thought revolves. 1. The Emergence 01 the Idea 01 Autonomy Like other existentialists Paul Tillich acquired his passion for freedom and autonomy in reaction to what he regarded tobe an overweening authority. In his autobiographical sketches 2 he presents a vivid portrayal of the influences with which he broke. Born in the medieval town of StarzeddeI, Tillich moved at the age of four to a somewhat larger town, Schönfliess-Neumark, which was
Philosophia Reformata – Brill
Published: Feb 20, 1967
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