Words of Life: New Theological Turns in French Phenomenology

Words of Life: New Theological Turns in French Phenomenology

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By (author) Bruce Ellis Benson, By (author) Norman Wirzba, Contributions by Bruce Ellis Benson, Contributions by Jeffrey Bloechl, Contributions by Clayton Crockett, Contributions by Christina M. Gschwandtner, Contributions by Kevin Hart, Contributions by Jeffrey L. Kosky, Contributions by Jean-Yves Lacoste, Contributions by Jean-Luc Marion

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  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 165mm x 226mm x 23mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0823230732
  • ISBN 13: 9780823230730
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 490,738

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Words of Life is the sequel and companion to Phenomenology and the Theological Turn, edited by Dominique Janicaud, Jean-Francois Courtine, Jean-Louis Chrtien, Michel Henry, Jean-Luc Marion, and Paul Ricoeur. In that volume, Janicaud accuses Levinas, Henry, Marion, and Chrtien of veering from phenomenological neutrality to a theologically inflected phenomenology. By contrast, the contributors to this collection interrogate whether phenomenology's proper starting point is agnostic or atheistic. Many hold the view that phenomenology after the theological turn may very well be true both to itself and to the phenomenological things themselves. In one way or another, all of these essays contend with the limits and expectations of phenomenology. As such, they are all concerned with what counts as proper phenomenology and even the very structure of phenomenology. None of them, however, is limited to such questions. Indeed, the rich tapestry that they weave tells us much about human experience. Themes such as faith, hope, love, grace, the gift, the sacraments, the words of Christ, suffering, joy, life, the call, touch, listening, wounding, and humility are woven throughout the various meditations in this volume. The contributors use striking examples to illuminate the structure and limits of phenomenology and, in turn, phenomenology serves to clarify those very examples. Thus practice clarifies theory and theory clarifies practice, resulting in new theological turns and new life for phenomenology. The volume showcases the work of both senior and junior scholars, including Jean-Luc Marion, Jean-Yves Lacoste, Kevin Hart, Anthony J. Steinbock, Jeffrey Bloechl, Jeffrey L. Kosky, Clayton Crockett, Brian Treanor, and Christina Gschwandtner - as well as the editors themselves.

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BRUCE ELLIS BENSON is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Wheaton College, Illinois. Among the volumes he has co-edited is The Phenomenology of Prayer (Fordham). NORMAN WIRZBA is Research Professor of Theology, Ecology, and Rural Life at Duke Divinity School. He is co-editor of The Phenomenology of Prayer (Fordham).

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"A solid and refreshing contribution to the growing literature in continental philosophy, this volume points scholars and students to the 'next wave' in phenomenology of religion." - James K. A. Smith, Calvin College"