Title The Inconspicuous God
Subtitle Heidegger, French Phenomenology, & the Theological Turn
Author Jason W. Alvis
ISBN 9780253033321
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Binding Hardbound
No of pages 320
Book size 152 x 228 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher Indiana University Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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“More deeply than any previous study of the ‘new phenomenology’ and its attempts to think God,
Jason W. 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 Wall) of The Experience of God: A Postmodern Response


“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: Selected Writings


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 inapparent or inconspicuous. In this powerful reconsideration and extension of Heidegger’s phenomenology of the inconspicuous, Jason W. Alvis deftly suggests that inconspicuousness characterizes something fully present and active, yet quickly overlooked. Alvis develops the idea of inconspicuousness through creative appraisals of key concepts of the thinkers of the French theological turn and then employs it to describe the paradoxes of religious experience.



Inconspicuous Turns: Heidegger and the “Inapparent” Theological Turn

Chapter 1: Inconspicuous Revelation: Marion, Heidegger, and an Antinomic Phenomenality

Chapter 2: Inconspicuous Phenomenology: On Heidegger’s Unscheinbarkeit or Inapparent

Chapter 3: Inconspicuous Lifeworld of Religion: Henry’s “Life,” Heidegger’s “World”

Chapter 4: Inconspicuous Liturgy: Lacoste, Heidegger, and the Space of Godhood

Chapter 5: Inconspicuous Adoration: Nancy, Heidegger, and a Praise of the Ordinary

Chapter 6: Inconspicuous Evidence: Janicaud, Religious Experience, and a Methodological Atheism

Chapter 7: Inconspicuous Faith: Chrétien, Heidegger, and Forgetting

Chapter 8: Inconspicuous God: Levinas, Heidegger, and the Idolization of Incomprehensibility

The Spectacle of God: Inverting the Sacred/Profane Paradigm



About the Author:

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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People interested in Philosophy and Religion.

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