Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Carnal Hermeneutics$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM FORDHAM SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.fordham.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Fordham University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in FSO for personal use.date: 01 July 2022

On the Phenomena of Suffering

On the Phenomena of Suffering

(p.145) On the Phenomena of Suffering
Carnal Hermeneutics

Jean-Luc Marion

Fordham University Press

This chapter opens with the recognition that I can only say my life in the negative mode: each time try to pinpoint what it is, it escapes me. It happens to me so intimately that I cannot watch it as external. Life is that in which we live. So my life cannot be seen, or aimed at; it is faceless, invisible. But it does phenomenilize itself; I do have access to it. In this way life is comparable to God, as Michel Henry points out. This is the paradox of invisible phenomenality, which is evident in life, suffering, pleasure, joy, and the like. These phenomena are manifested without being aimed at, hence without visibility. Certain phenomena cannot appear, not due to a defect, but on principle. These invisible phenomena are at issue in the work of Michel Henry and Emmanuel Levinas.

Keywords:   Michel Henry, Life, Invisible, Phenomenality

Fordham Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .