Attention and Responsibility

Norman Wirzba

in The Phenomenology of Prayer

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780823224951
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235797 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Attention and Responsibility

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This chapter examines how transformations in daily, practical life caused by modernity make prayer more difficult. It suggests that when prayer is considered the life of responsibility and attention, then people need to reform their understanding of subjectivity and the practical patterns through which they engage the world around them. This chapter asserts that prayer is capable of inspiring and animating a moral response in others, a response that is worked out through people's hands, feet, and mouth as they promote the experience of kinship with the creation and the Creator.

Keywords: prayer; daily life; responsibility; attention; moral response

Chapter.  5503 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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