Toward a Fourth Reduction?

John Panteleimo Nmanoussakis

in After God

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780823225316
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236893 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Toward a Fourth Reduction?

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This chapter attempts a redefining of the phenomenological method as this has been developed mainly through three “reductions” represented by three thinkers whose work advanced phenomenological research in novel ways: Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, and Jean–Luc Marion. The discussion argues that a fourth reduction would strive to complete the preceding movements of reduction by rehearsing, retrieving, and repeating them. In some sense, a fourth reduction could be a corrective recapitulation of the transcendent, ontological, and dosological reductions. It presents what the basic principles of a fourth reduction might be by clarifying further the definition of the prosopon and its pertinence for a phenomenology of the experience of God.

Keywords: Edmund Husserl; Martin Heidegger; Jean–Luc Marion; fourth reduction; prosopon

Chapter.  5242 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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