How (Not) to Find God in All Things

Michael F. Andrews

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

How (Not) to Find God in All Things

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This chapter examines how prayer can lead to an outside experience and turn those that pray into something other than that which they were. It analyzes relevant works of several philosophers including Jacques Derrida, Emmanuel Levinas, and Saint Ignatius of Loyola and suggests that prayer is not simply a self-indulgent exercise but rather an essentially dialogical in nature that involves moving the self to an infinite horizon of nonthematic givenness. However, seeing prayer this way takes phenomenology to the limit because praying bespeaks an impossible intention.

Keywords: prayer; Jacques Derrida; Emmanuel Levinas; Saint Ignatius of Loyola; phenomenology

Chapter.  5491 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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