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Michel Henry: A God of Truth and Life

Christina M. Gschwandtner

in Postmodern Apologetics?

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780823242740
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823242788 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823242740.003.0007

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy (FUP)

Michel Henry: A God of Truth and Life

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Chapter 6 treats Michel Henry’s phenomenology of immanence and affectivity, which especially in his final works takes on an explicitly religious character and becomes closely identified with a particular interpretation of Christianity. Drawing a stark contrast between the “Truth” of Christianity and the “truth” of the world, he contends that Christianity provides access to a phenomenology of immanence that is able to overcome certain problems in the phenomenological project by speaking of the immediacy of Life as the origin of all affectivity. According to Henry, it is through Christ that we participate in the divine life of God as self-affection and is the only way in which we can become authentic persons. He also provides a trenchant critique of contemporary culture and the truths of science and technology.

Keywords: Henry; Truth; Life; self-affection; pathos; immanence; flesh

Chapter.  8283 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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