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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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On the Phenomena of Suffering

On the Phenomena of Suffering

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(p.145) On the Phenomena of Suffering
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Carnal Hermeneutics
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Jean-Luc Marion

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823265886.003.0007

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

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