Phenomenology and the "Theological Turn"

 "Phenomenology and the Theological Turn: The French Debate" brings together the debate over Dominique Janicaud's critique of the theological turn represented by the works of Emmanuel Levinas, Paul Ricour, Jean-Luc Marion, Jean-Franois Courtine, Jean-Louis Chretien, and Michel Henry.  

According to Janicaud, these theologically oriented philosophers have subverted the classical orientation of phenomenology toward the "things themselves" in favor of a giving beyond all measure, and certainly beyond the measure of the phenomenological method. 

  The first essay by Janicaud is longest and provides an exquisite introduction to the issues that take phenomenology beyond the radical empiricism of Husserl's founding work.

  The remaining essays then show the theological turn in action.

DEC  11*Dominique Janicaud, The Theological Turn of French Phenomenology

*Jean-Franois Courtine,  Phenomonology and Hermeneutics of Religion

*Jean-Louis Chretien, The Wounded Word: Phenomenology of Prayer

*Jean-Luc Marion,  The Saturated Phenomenon

 *Michel Henry, Speech and Religion: The Word of God

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  • Vanessa

    Sorry to say I was going to attend this one and not go.Wasn't feeling well.Will try not to fail to cancel in future if I haven't messed up too often!!..Anyways..december largely looks like I don't have events that could make me exhausted or ill day before--I live in Lincolnshire..anyways..sorry..

    December 12, 2013

  • Scott

    Okay, my car's not turning over. I think it's just too damn cold. So it looks like I'm out. Arrgh, and I did the reading and everything.

    Anyhow, quick questions. Janicaud makes a lot of very quick assumptions in mounting his critique on the "turners" - first, that any mention of religious phenomena would have to be "theological," second, that anything theological would have to be "metaphysical" (in the Baumgarten sense of metaphysica specialis), and third, that phenomenology, as one particular sort of philosophy can have nothing to do with anything metaphysical, which is another sort altogether. There are other assumptions around, to be sure (e.g., that mention of a Parmenidean correlation between thinking and being), but these seem to be the biggies. And I'm not sure whether they're quite as unquestionable as Janicaud thinks.

    December 11, 2013

  • Erik C.

    It may be more worthy while just to ask more generally what we think of phenomenology and its application to that which doesn't appear. I think this would be a better emphasis for today than just focusing on the content of the first essay as a whole.

    December 11, 2013

    • Brian

      Yeah I just thought the same thing

      December 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone know where I can find an illicit copy on the interwebz?

    December 10, 2013

  • Brian

    RE: the wall of separation

    If phenomenology is a 'play of lights', we cannot point a flashlight into the sky.

    December 11, 2013

  • Brian

    I'm enjoying this reading. This is a good format imo

    1 · December 4, 2013

  • mariann

    Are we reading all these essays, or just the first one for the 11th?

    November 19, 2013

    • Brian

      just the first

      November 19, 2013

  • Brian

    INTRO VIDEO: Drew Dalton on "Phenomenology and the Divine: Understanding the French Theological Turn" (2008):

    October 6, 2013

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