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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.

Jean-Franois Courtine,  Phenomonology and Hermeneutics of Religion

Ricoeur essay

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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  • Sam A.

    i hope it was as entertaining for you as it was for me! i feel great discussing matters of importance with you guys, and listening to bright minds such as yours =)

    1 · January 8, 2014

    • Brian

      Enjoyed sharing with you too, Sam :)

      January 8, 2014

  • Brian

    great discussion. I'll be returning to these readings

    1 · January 8, 2014

  • Sam A.

    Where are you guys ? Im in the cafe

    January 8, 2014

  • Brian

    I'll be late

    January 8, 2014

  • Erik C.

    I Enjoyed the reading for this a lot more than the first week. Looking forward to talking about it.

    January 7, 2014

    • Brian

      Haha ive been using that. What page?

      January 8, 2014

    • Rick O.

      Can't find it off-hand, but it's a few pages before the quotes from Seneca's Letters (!)

      Just finished Wounded Word - quite beautiful. Opened up ways of seeing I hadn't seen before. I always look for my 'favorite sentence' in everything I read (always important to have one, I think). Being prone to excess, might I quote 2, and follow up with 2 paragraphs?

      "It does not begin, it responds" pg 158
      "The appearing of self to self is like the moon: it gets its light from elsewhere" pg 162

      2 par I really like:
      bottom pg 160 "Prayer knows that it..."
      pg 173 "This is why there is a life...a whole wounded by the word?"

      simply lovely. Thanks for the read.

      1 · January 8, 2014

  • Brian

    Did you catch the reference to "style"? [rick]

    December 26, 2013

    • Rick O.

      Of course - I catch references to Style even when it is not there (ha).

      Tillich - the ground of Being is God
      Heidegger - the ground of Being is time (early), beauty (mid) or truth (late)
      Kristeva - the ground of Being is the ab-ject
      Rick - the ground of Being is Style

      (okay, actually I get this from Husserl)

      p.s. - are we doing the three essays after the intro?

      1 · December 26, 2013

  • Brian

    wait, I think ricoeur belongs on this reading

    December 21, 2013

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