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Of Spirit and Europe: What Derrida Missed

Centre for European Studies, University of Helsinki, 00014 Helsinki, Finland
Academic Editor: Neal DeRoo
Religions 2021, 12(10), 820; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12100820
Received: 7 June 2021 / Revised: 8 September 2021 / Accepted: 10 September 2021 / Published: 30 September 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Phenomenology, Spirituality, and Religion)
This article deals with Jacques Derrida’s critique of the phenomenological concepts of spirituality and spirit, particularly in the context of his 1987 book Of Spirit. As the article shows, Derrida’s interpretation of these concepts was based on a seemingly minor, yet extremely important misreading of Edmund Husserl’s key passages on the relationship between spirituality and Europe. Unlike Derrida claims, Husserl did not equate Europe with the universal teleology of humankind. Instead, what the concept of spirituality opened up was a new way of understanding transcendental modes of experience as embedded in a particular historical situation of a particular community. Philosophy, understood as a “spiritual” phenomenon, denoted for Husserl a fundamentally intersubjective and intergenerational phenomenon that is by no means separate from empirical history. View Full-Text
Keywords: Europe; spirit; phenomenology; Derrida; Husserl; teleology; ideality Europe; spirit; phenomenology; Derrida; Husserl; teleology; ideality
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