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Phenomenology in France

A Philosophical and Theological Introduction

By Steven DeLay

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352 pages

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This book is an introduction to French phenomenology in the post 1945 period. Whilst many of phenomenology's greatest thinkers - Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre and Merleau-Ponty - wrote before this period, Steven DeLay introduces and assesses the creative and important turn phenomenology took after these figures. He presents a clear and rigorous introduction to the work of relatively unfamiliar and underexplored philosophers, including Jean-Louis Chrétien, Michel Henry, Jean-Yves Lacoste, Jean-Luc Marion and others.

After an introduction setting out the crucial Husserlian and Heideggerian background to French phenomenology, DeLay explores Emmanuel Levinas’s ethics as first philosophy, Henry’s material phenomenology, Marion’s phenomenology of givenness, Lacoste’s phenomenology of liturgical man, Chrétien’s phenomenology of the call, Claude Romano’s evential hermeneutics, and Emmanuel Falque’s phenomenology of the borderlands. Starting with the reception of Husserl and Heidegger in France, DeLay explains how this phenomenological thought challenges boundaries between philosophy and theology. Taking stock of its promise in light of the legacy it has transformed, DeLay concludes with a summary of the field’s relevance to theology and analytic philosophy, and indicates what the future holds for phenomenology.

Phenomenology in France: A Philosophical and Theological Introduction is an excellent resource for all students and scholars of phenomenology and continental philosophy, and will also be useful to those in related disciplines such as theology, literature and French studies.

Table of Contents


1. Phenomenology as First Philosophy

2. Emmanuel Levinas: Ethics as First Philosophy

3. Michel Henry: the Primacy of Life

4. Jean-Luc Marion: the Phenomenology of Givenness

5. Jean-Yves Lacoste: Beyond Earth and World

6. Jean-Louis Chrétien: the Call and the Response

7. Claude Romano: Evential Hermeneutics

8. Emmanuel Falque: on Metamorphosis

9. The Future of Phenomenology


About the Author

Steven DeLay is an Old Member of Christ Church, University of Oxford, UK. His work has appeared in Continental Philosophy Review, European Journal of Philosophy, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, and Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology.

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