Phenomenology and the Theological Turn: The French Debate, by Dominique Janicaud, Jean François Coutine

By Dominique Janicaud, Jean François Coutine

Phenomenology and the Theological Turnbrings jointly the controversy over Janicaud's critique of the theological turnrepresented through the works of Emmanuel Levinas, Paul Ricour, Jean-Luc Marion, Jean-Franois Courtine, Jean-Louis Chrtien, and Michel Henry.

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Does Heidegger really need this reference? Does he always present his "last" thinking as phenomenological? The response to these two questions can only be negative, though it would be legitimate to question the "need" Heidegger still has to maintain a tie, however tenuous, with the phenomenological inspiration. The fact is that, in the Zahringen seminars, as in "My Way to Phenomenology,"32 the relation to the Husserlian legacy lies at taken in French. Translator's note: See also volume 1 5 of Heidegger's Gesamtaus­ gabe, Seminare (Frankfurt am Main: Vittorio Klostermann, 1 986) , ed.

Merleau-Ponty, La phenomenologie de la perception, pp . 1 80-202; trans. , pp . 1 54-1 73. me traumatisme, " in Uvinas (Paris: Cahier de l'Herne, 1 9 9 1 ) , ed. Catherine Chalier and Miguel Ab­ ensour, p . 45 1 . 25 Levinas, Totalite et infinite, p . 23; trans. , p . 34. 22 23 46 THE THEOLOGICAL TURN OF FRENCH PHENOMENOLO GY Do these critiques oblige us to restore a discourse of the Hege­ lian type? For do they not oppose to Levinas's inspired provoca­ tions the rules of conceptual or speculative logic?

An impossible requisit, phenomenologically untenable, whose truth could only be secured in an alliance with another order. Such a dogmatism could only be religious. It has its grandeur, but also its limits. Another word on phenomenology and its method. What is the result of the seizure carried out by Levinas? An original and in­ spiring reuvre? Perhaps. But we can also ask if the two-timing of phenomenology does not compromise Levinas's profound inten­ tion by enclosing it in an abstract schema.

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