This book is an analysis of Karl Barth's understanding of the relationship between theology and philosophy. Kenneth Oakes shows the complexity and variability of Barth's thoughts on theology and philosophy and challenges the typical views that Barth was either too hostile towards philosophy or too indebted to it. Oakes offers a comprehensive account of Barth on theology and philosophy by covering material ranging from Barth earliest writings (1909) to roundtable
discussions and interviews in the years before his death (1968). The volume includes a discussion of the nineteenth-century intellectual background to Barth's thought on theology and philosophy as well
as a synthetic and constructive proposal for understanding the relationship between theology and philosophy in the wake of Barth's theology.