The Inconspicuous God

The Inconspicuous God

Heidegger, French Phenomenology, and the Theological Turn
ALVIS, JASON W
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/21/2017
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-03332-1
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Dominique Janicaud once famously critiqued the work of French phenomenologists of the theological turn because their work was built on the seemingly corrupt basis of Heidegger's notion of the in apparent or inconspicuous. In this powerful reconsideration of Heidegger's phenomenology of the inconspicuous, Jason W. Alvis deftly suggests that inconspicuousness is either a contradiction or a paradox as it characterizes something fully present and active that is quickly overlooked. Alvis develops the idea of inconspicuousness for both phenomenological and theological thinking beginning with Heidegger and moving to thinkers of the French theological turn. As he reassesses the work of the French theological turn, Alvis counteracts forms social phantasm, illusion, and spectacle with what is common, marginal, or inconspicuous.

Author Bio

Jason W. Alvis teaches Philosophy at the University of Vienna, and is a Research Fellow with the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). He is author of Marion and Derrida on the Gift and Desire: Debating the Generosity of Things, and he currently serves as the European Editor of The Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory.

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Jason W. Alvis accomplishes the worthy goal of giving a creative and provocative reading of Heidegger's phenomenology of religion which was so passionately depreciated by Dominique Janicaud and other philosophers of the French theological turn. -- B. Keith Putt, editor of The Essential Caputo

More deeply than any previous study of the "new phenomenology" and its attempts to think God, Jason Alvis's rich new book meditates on the fecundity of Heidegger's late proposal for a "phenomenology of the inconspicuous." In the space that opens when this new beginning is made, Alvis gathers not only Heidegger, Marion, and Levinas, familiar names in European philosophy of religion, but also Henry and Lacoste, who deserve to be better known, especially in the United States. Into the world of phenomenology and religion a welcome is also extended to Jean-Luc Nancy whose deconstruction of Christianity is usually regarded as outside the tightly guarded doors of phenomenology. -- Kevin Hart, editor (with Barbara Eileen Wall) of The Experience of God

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Inconspicuous Turns: Heidegger and the "Inapparent" Theological Turn
1. Inconspicuous Revelation: Marion, Heidegger, and an Antinomic Phenomenality
2. Inconspicuous Phenomenology: On Heidegger’s Unscheinbarkeit or Inapparent
3. Inconspicuous Lifeworld of Religion: Henry’s "Life," Heidegger’s "World"
4. Inconspicuous Liturgy: Lacoste, Heidegger, and the Space of Godhood
5. Inconspicuous Adoration: Nancy, Heidegger, and a Praise of the Ordinary
6. Inconspicuous Evidence: Janicaud, Religious Experience, and a Methodological Atheism
7. Inconspicuous Faith: Chretien, Heidegger, and Forgetting
8. Inconspicuous God: Levinas, Heidegger, and the Idolatry of Incomprehensibility
Conclusion: The Spectacle of God: Inverting the Sacred/Profane Paradigm
Bibliography
Index