Boston Colloquy

Richard Kearney

in Debates in Continental Philosophy

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780823223176
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235155 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Boston Colloquy

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The Kantian sublime offers a way into the saturated phenomenon, as does the notion of the gift or donation, which—like Husserlian phenomenology—precedes the question of theological confessions and denominations. The author's own response on this would be to say that there are two ways of doing phenomenology—and both are equally valid. One is to begin with certain theological and religious presuppositions. The other is to operate a theological reduction where one says, “We're not going to raise theological issues here”. This follows the basic Husserlian and Heideggerian line. Furthermore, what the author likes about the creatio ex nibilo is that it's an unconditional giving. It is not a giving because there is some problem to be solved that precedes the giving. As soon as there is history and finitude and humanity, there is economy, there is negotiation, and then reciprocity.

Keywords: Kantian sublime; saturated phenomenon; phenomenology; theological reduction; unconditional giving

Chapter.  9754 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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