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Religions 2018, 9(6), 187; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9060187

God’s Presence within Henry’s Phenomenology of Life: The Phenomenological Revelation of God in Opposition to Plantinga’s Affirmation of God’s Existence

Andreas Gonçalves Lind, Département de Philosophie, Universitè de Namur, 5000 Namur, Belgium
Received: 17 May 2018 / Revised: 31 May 2018 / Accepted: 10 June 2018 / Published: 12 June 2018
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The recent debate on the notorious Anselmian proof of God’s existence, usually called the “ontological argument”, is placed within an analytic approach, since Alvin Plantinga revisited this argument beginning in the sixties and especially during the seventies. At the same time, Michel Henry contested this proof, situating the debate in a completely different area of philosophy. Henry’s critique does not concern the question of logical validity or the matter of rational justification of religious belief. Rather, Henry focuses on the way existence is conceived. In so doing, his phenomenology of life shows the difference between affirming God’s existence (in every “possible world”) and accessing God’s presence inside the ego’s subjectivity. In this article, I will try to show how Henry’s way of proceeding makes self-life-experience a legitimate foundation for a belief in God’s presence (not only the simple intellectual affirmation of His existence). View Full-Text
Keywords: Alvin Plantinga; Michel Henry; phenomenology of life; ontological argument; life-experience; auto-affection; God’s existence; God’s presence Alvin Plantinga; Michel Henry; phenomenology of life; ontological argument; life-experience; auto-affection; God’s existence; God’s presence
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Gonçalves Lind, A. God’s Presence within Henry’s Phenomenology of Life: The Phenomenological Revelation of God in Opposition to Plantinga’s Affirmation of God’s Existence. Religions 2018, 9, 187.

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