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Phenomenology in France: A Philosophical and Theological Introduction

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2019.03.08 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Steven DeLay, Phenomenology in France: A Philosophical and Theological Introduction, Routledge, 2019, 254pp., $39.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781138244979. Reviewed by Fran├žois Raffoul, Louisiana State University In this book, Steven DeLay seeks to engage recent developments in French phenomenology. He presents the book as "an introduction to French phenomenology in the post-1945 period," with chapters devoted to Emmanuel Levinas, Michel Henry, Jean-Luc Marion, Jean-Yves Lacoste, Jean-Louis Chretien, and Claude Romano (the reasons for these choices will be clarified below). However, DeLay betrays his actual interest and purpose in the introduction's first line where he laments: that God ("the one of the Bible") "has fallen into disfavor nearly everywhere" (1), that "God's existence is contested rather than presupposed," and that finally, "as a result, it is no longer practiced to philosophize from the fact of Revelation." He also laments Heidegger's choice of a "methodological atheism" to practice... Read More

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