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An Introduction to Jean-Yves Lacoste

1st Edition

By Joeri Schrijvers


216 pages

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Introducing the thought of philosopher and theologian Jean-Yves Lacoste, this book provides an overview spanning Lacoste's earliest works on sacramentality to his latest work Etre en Danger (2011) in which Lacoste opens up the liturgical experience onto a spiritual experience of life. Schrijvers unfolds the logic of what Lacoste calls 'the liturgical experience' from its violent variety in Expérience et Absolu to the logic of love and love's possibility as it is developed in the later works. Throughout the book, the focus is on Lacoste's dialogue with Heidegger and through this his attempt to widen the scope of phenomenology to include the phenomenality of the divine.


'It is impossible in the compass of such a brief review to illustrate the extraordinary care with which Schrijvers analyses Lacoste’s approach and the sense and implications of his terminology. Even those very familiar with Lacoste’s work will find here considerable help in elucidating his meaning. So the book can only be described as excellent…' Journal of Theological Studies 'We are indebted to Schrijvers for a well-argued and bold account of the work of a remarkable figure in contemporary Continental thought whose influence will only continue to grow, not least because of this major book.' Modern Theology ’By putting Lacoste in conversation, Schrijvers has made it possible for a wide range of readers to converse with Lacoste, making this introduction as engaging as it is informative.’ Religious Studies Review

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction; Phenomenology of confession; Phenomenology of the body; Phenomenology of prayer; Phenomenology of conversion; Phenomenology of the Fool; The fate of the nonexperience; The world and the absence of art; Life as strong as death? Of being and danger; Conclusion: a phenomenology of (spiritual) life; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Joeri Schrijvers is working as a postdoctoral researcher of the fund for scientific research-Flanders at the Faculty of Theology of the Catholic University of Leuven. He is a member of the research group 'Theology in a Postmodern Context'. He is the author of Ontotheological Turnings? The Decentering of the Modern Subject in Recent French Phenomenology (SUNY, 2011) and has published numerous articles on Jean-Luc Nancy and Reiner Schürmann.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Theology, Imagination and the Arts

What have imagination and the arts to do with theology? For much of the modern era, the answer has been 'not much'. It is precisely this deficit that this series seeks to redress. For, whatever role they have or have not been granted in the theological disciplines, imagination and the arts are undeniably bound up with how we as human beings think, learn and communicate, engage with and respond to our physical and social environments and, in particular, our awareness and experience of that which transcends our own creatureliness. The arts are playing an increasingly significant role in the way people come to terms with the world; at the same time, artists of many disciplines are showing a willingness to engage with religious or theological themes. A spate of publications and courses in many educational institutions has already established this field as one of fast-growing concern. This series taps into a burgeoning intellectual concern on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond. The peculiar inter-disciplinarity of theology, and the growing interest in imagination and the arts in many different fields of human concern, afford the opportunity for a series that has its roots sunk in varied and diverse intellectual soils, while focused around a coherent theological question: How are imagination and the arts involved in the shaping and reshaping of our humanity as part of the creative and redemptive purposes of God, and what roles do they perform in the theological enterprise? Many projects within the series have particular links to the work of the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts in the University of St Andrews, and to the Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts at Duke University.

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PHILOSOPHY / Movements / Existentialism