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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (September 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441182837
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441182838
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,546,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A rich resource both as a lucid introduction and as a bold interpretation of the thought of Derrida, Levinas, Henry, Marion, and Chretien as phenomenological "heretics" against the background of Husserl and Heidegger. Careful attention is given to their significance for both the philosophy of religion and the very idea of phenomenology itself. Specific suggestions are made for cross-fertilization between these "continental" thinkers and the "analytic" philosophy of religion, along with proposals for the significance of an essentially descriptive enterprise for normative questions of ethics, politics, and society. -- Merold Westphal, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Fordham University 20130131 Simmons and Benson offer us one of the first attempts to survey efforts in France since the early 1960s to break down the alleged barrier between phenomenology and theology. Of particular interest is a rare and welcome move, late in the book, to connect contemporary French philosophy of religion with work being done in the Anglo-American world. -- Jeffrey Bloechl, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Boston College 20130201 Benson and Simmons' The New Phenomenology is a timely addition to current debates in philosophy as well as theology. The book aptly shows the origins and future possibilities of the thought of these new phenomenologists in an overview which spans some of the most compelling thinkers today. Benson and Simmons succeed in making this material highly accessible: all students of phenomenology will greatly benefit from this work. -- Dr. Joeri Schrijvers, Faculty of Philosophy, KU Leuven, Belgium 20130204

About the Author

J. Aaron Simmons is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Furman University, USA. He is the author of God and the Other: Ethics and Politics After the 'Theological Turn' (Indiana, 2011), and the co-editor of Reexamining Deconstruction and Determinate Religion (Duquesne, 2012), and Kierkegaard and Levinas: Ethics, Politics and Religion (Indiana, 2008).
Bruce Ellis Benson is Professor of Philosophy at Wheaton College, USA. Among his many publications are The Improvisation of Musical Dialogue (Cambridge, 2003) and Pious Nietzsche: Decadence and Dionysian Faith (Indiana, 2008).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By khora on November 3, 2013
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In a way, this book does what it says it does.
It argues for 3 theses:

"Thesis 1: New phenomenology can be legitimately considered an heir to historical phenomenology when understood as a general path of inquiry into phenomenality, rather than a rigid perspective that holds a set of stable doctrines regarding phenomenality and the modes in which particular phenomena appear.
Thesis 2: New phenomenology should be weighed and considered in light of a variety of contemporary philosophical problems.
Thesis 3: New phenomenology can be productively put into conversation with other contemporary philosophical perspectives regardless of whether those perspectives are traditionally associated with “continental” philosophy."

And, in the light of these theses, the authors read Levinas, Derrida, Henry, Marion and Chretien, focusing - of course - more on their philosophy of religion (the authors argue that the new phenomenologists are unjustly criticized for doing theology in disguise - they remain phenomenologists, according to the first thesis).

The best thing this book has done for me was to make me look for texts by Jean-Louis Chretien - which I will read with pleasure, I suppose.
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By George Stoya on September 11, 2014
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A good read
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