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Suffering Faith In Philosophy

S. Clark Buckner

in Styles of Piety

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780823225002
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237081 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823225002.003.0004

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Suffering Faith In Philosophy

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This chapter analyzes the philosophy of Husserl, with some references to Levinas and Derrida, in an attempt to clarify the strengths and weaknesses of the phenomenological and post-phenomenological approaches to the place of reason in philosophy and its relationship to faith. In particular, the chapter wishes to assert that the value and meaning usually found in life derive from a synthesis of reason and belief, rather than in the dissolution or primacy of one or the other, with faith being an issue of human necessity, rather than a formal type of thought. As such, the chapter rejects proposals for developing a post-historical form of the philosophy of history. For Buckner, reason has permanently lost its philosophical authority, though it retains its use in fulfilling the human need for rational reflection. The future of philosophy lies in addressing the tension between faith and reason.

Keywords: faith; phenomenology; post-phenomenological approaches; religion; meaning; reason; science; Buckner; objectivism; positivism

Chapter.  8225 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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