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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.

We will finish with the last two essays:

Jean-Luc Marion,  The Saturated Phenomenon

 Michel Henry, Speech and Religion: The Word of God

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  • Marco G.

    This will be my first time at this group. I wanted to ask how content oriented this discussion will be ( as opposed to concept oriented) I haven't had time to read this book, but would still like to join and hear you guys discuss

    January 15, 2014

    • Brian

      Hi Marco, this particular discussion deals with rather challenging material. I think for precisely this reason the discussion won't be any more challenging than had you read. Honestly, the reading is difficult but the members attending are capable and hoping in earnest to understand just like you. I'd recommend checking out the group today realizing it'll be important but very challenging stuff

      January 15, 2014

    • Marco G.

      Great, thanks for giving me some insight. I'l be more than happy to see you guys tonight

      January 15, 2014

  • Brian

    “For the difference between a beautiful and a sublime work of art rests only on the fact that where beauty exists the infinite contradiction is resolved in the object itself, whereas where sublimity exists the contradiction is not unified in the object itself but is merely raised to a level at which it involuntarily removes itself in the intuition, which then is as good as if it were removed from the object.”

    -Schelling, Deduction of a Universal Organ of Philosophy, or Main Propositions of the Philosophy of Art According to Principles of Transcendental Idealism

    January 13, 2014

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