Experience and the Absolute

Experience and the Absolute : Disputed Questions on the Humanity of Man

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Does the philosophy of Martin Heidegger represent the emergence of a secular anthropology that requires religious thought to redefine the religious dimension in human existence? In this critical response, Lacoste confronts the ultimate definition of human nature, the humanity of the human. He explores that definition through an analysis of the "absolute" as a phenomenological datum.

Lacoste establishes a conception of human nature that opens possibilities for religious experience and religious identity in view of Heidegger's profound challenge. He develops a phenomenology of the liturgy, and subjects the categories of "experience," "place," and "human existence" to careful examination. Making a strong case for the affective nature of religious experience, he sides with Schleiermacher against Hegel in associating religion with affectivity rather than logic. Such affectivity, he claims, can be more rational than reason as framed in Hegelian logic.
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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 22.61mm | 467.2g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0823223752
  • 9780823223756

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This is a difficult but worthwhile work on the boundary between phenomenology and theological reflection. * -Religious Studies Review * Jean-Yves Lacoste's Experience and the Absolute elaborates what many have wanted for a very long time: a phenomenology of the liturgy. What is it to exist liturgically? Does the place of prayer matter? How does prayer ground ethics? These questions are posed and answered with exemplary rigor. Lacoste's critique of "experience" in theology and his profound analyses of being "face-to-face with God" are essential reading. Here is a major work by a theologian of remarkable subtlety and exceptional intellectual force.----Kevin Hart, The University of Notre Dame
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About Jean-Yves Lacoste

Jean-Yves Lacoste is also the author of Notes sur le temps and Le Monde et l'absence d'oeuvre.
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