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Carnal Hermeneutics$
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Richard Kearney and Brian Treanor

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823265886

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823265886.001.0001

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Incarnation and the Problem of Touch

Incarnation and the Problem of Touch

(p.128) Incarnation and the Problem of Touch
Carnal Hermeneutics

Michel Henry

Fordham University Press

This chapter addresses the phenomenological foundation of incarnation—the condition of possessing flesh. The difference between the phenomenology of the body as object and the phenomenology of the body as lived points to what the author calls “revelation.” Overcoming separation, here the revelation of life and what it reveals are one and the same. The flesh is this unity and auto-revelation. The “original body” is not the mundane body of the world, but rather the flesh in its auto-impressionality. The chapter concludes with a brief reading of Henry’s work here by Jean-Luc Marion.

Keywords:   Revelation, Flesh, Body

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