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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

Front Phil Chin    2013, Vol. 8 Issue (3) : 428-450
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On the “Theological Turn” in French henomenology
HAO Changchi()
Department of Philosophy, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
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In this paper, I show that the claim for a “theological turn” in French phenomenology is not tenable by analyzing the relation between transcendencies and the modes of givenness in Husserl, the relation between the ethical transcendence and its mode of givenness in Levinas, and the question of the self of phenomenon and giveness in Marion. I argue that the inner motive of phenomenology requires it to go beyond the horizon of objectness and the question about God or theological issues are determined as part of its essential task in phenomenology. The principle of “go to the thing itself” does not predetermine or presuppose what phenomenology should deal with; it is always the thing itself that imposes itself on phenomenology.

Keywords theological turn      transcendence      modes of givenness      self of phenomenon     
Corresponding Authors: HAO Changchi,   
Issue Date: 05 September 2013
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HAO Changchi. On the “Theological Turn” in French henomenology[J]. Front Phil Chin, 2013, 8(3): 428-450.
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