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The Selbständigkeit of the Essence: Michel Henry and the Meaning of Philosophical Knowledge

Department of Humanities, University of Ferrara, 44121 Ferrara, Italy
Academic Editor: Neal DeRoo
Religions 2021, 12(10), 813; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12100813
Received: 17 July 2021 / Revised: 18 September 2021 / Accepted: 21 September 2021 / Published: 27 September 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Phenomenology, Spirituality, and Religion)
This paper deals with a research hypothesis tying the legacy of German idealism to the first foundation of Michel Henry’s “phenomenology of life”. Based on a series of archive documents, the paper reconstitutes the hermeneutical horizon in contrast with which the young Henry (1946–1963) defined his conception of phenomenology, philosophy, and religion, i.e., the French existential–Hegelian debate (Wahl, Kojève). The reconstitution of this dialogue between the young Henry and the French Hegelianism of the 20th century will provide the theoretical framework for the analysis of the “religious attitude” in Henry’s philosophy and in his attempt to rethink the transcendental connection between phenomenality and (philosophical) discourse. View Full-Text
Keywords: Michel Henry (1922–2002); French phenomenology; 20th century Hegelianism; Alexandre Kojève; Jean Wahl; phenomenology; French existentialism; theological turn Michel Henry (1922–2002); French phenomenology; 20th century Hegelianism; Alexandre Kojève; Jean Wahl; phenomenology; French existentialism; theological turn
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Formisano, R. The Selbständigkeit of the Essence: Michel Henry and the Meaning of Philosophical Knowledge. Religions 2021, 12, 813. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12100813

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Formisano R. The Selbständigkeit of the Essence: Michel Henry and the Meaning of Philosophical Knowledge. Religions. 2021; 12(10):813. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12100813

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Formisano, Roberto. 2021. "The Selbständigkeit of the Essence: Michel Henry and the Meaning of Philosophical Knowledge" Religions 12, no. 10: 813. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12100813

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