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Phenomenology and the Horizon of Experience
Spiritual Themes in Henry, Marion, and Lacoste

ISBN 9781032136400
Published December 31, 2021 by Routledge
260 Pages

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This book explores the threshold between phenomenology and lived religion in dialogue with three French luminaries: Michel Henry, Jean-Luc Marion, and Jean-Yves Lacoste. Through close reading and critical analysis, each chapter touches on how a liturgical and ritual setting or a spiritual vision of the body can shape and ultimately structure the experience of an individual’s surrounding world. The volume advances debate about the scope and limits of the phenomenological analysis of religious themes and disturbs the assumption that theology and phenomenology are incapable of constructive interdisciplinary dialogue.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Horizonality  1. Overcoming the Metaphysics of Representation  2. Affection and the Horizon of Experience   Part 2  Michel Henry and Life  3. Incarnate Self: The Night of Love  4. Spiritual Life and the Phenomenology of Life  5. The Spirit of Empathy  Part 3 Jean-Luc Marion and the Gift  6. Selving: L’adonné and Ethics  7. Spiritual Exercises: An Augustinian Reduction  8. The Given and the Manifestation of the Trinity  Part 4 Jean-Yves Lacoste and Liturgy  9. Spiritual Life: Angst, Peace, Love  10. Lived Experience and Metaphysics in Theology  11. The Body and Eucharistic Experience  Postscript  12. Sacramental Worldhood

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Joseph Rivera is a tenured professor of philosophy and theology at Dublin City University, Ireland. He is the author of The Contemplative Self after Michel Henry (2015) and Political Theology and Pluralism: Renewing Public Dialogue (2018). He’s the co-editor with Joseph O’Leary of the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Phenomenology and Theology.


"When Husserl borrowed William James’s notion of a horizon, he enabled phenomenology to give the richest account of experience that philosophy had yet known. Can this horizon be erased or disturbed? Some contemporary writing suggests so. For his part, Joseph Rivera points us to the implacable philosophical and theological need for a horizon as a way of orienting and deepening our experience of the world, one another, and God."

- Kevin Hart, The University of Virginia