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A Response to Jean-Yves Lacoste

Jerrrey Bloechl

in The Experience of God

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780823225187
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237135 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823225187.003.0009

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

A Response to Jean-Yves Lacoste

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In his essay “Liturgy and Coaffection”, Jean-Yves Lacoste makes the reasonable suggestion that we attempt to think the relation with God together with thinking about the relation with other people, and more precisely at the level of mood and feeling. As his text unfolds, we are also required to recognize the greater emergence of what we might call the secular dimension of our humanity, but also deal with new and sophisticated forms of thought willing to ground themselves entirely there. His approach to this twofold challenge is bent specifically toward what is sometimes called philosophical anthropology. The appearance of the term “(co)affection” in Lacoste's title signifies a wish to debate the question of human personhood, or what he prefers to call our “humanity”, against what has sometimes been argued in the name of either ego or self. Much of Lacoste's essay also reminds us of how terribly fragile experience of God is. Lacoste's approach to this fact remains close to good Augustinian theology, but also to Martin Heidegger's philosophy.

Keywords: God; experience; humanity; Jean-Yves Lacoste; Martin Heidegger; theology; philosophy; philosophical anthropology; coaffection

Chapter.  3727 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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