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Key-Phenomenon and Religious Meaning

Vincenzo Lomuscio
Published Online: 2017-09-23 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2017-0040

Abstract

In this paper I develop a phenomenology of religious experience through the notion of keyphenomenon. My analysis moves from a general phenomenology of situation, in which we have to relate different phenomena according to a sense. What does “according to a sense” mean? My suggestion is that we should look for a relationship among these data when we find a key-phenomenon (among a series of phenomena) that would enlighten all the others. This key-phenomenon would show a non-phenomenal meaning which would make all the others understandable. Each other datum, therefore, becomes the witness of invisible meaning through a key-witness. The key-phenomenon we choose determines the role (i.e., the truth) of each datum within its situation. This phenomenological relationship belongs to both the sense of day-life situations, and that one of possible religious situations. If the religious interpretation of a situation depends on our choice of key-phenomenon, or key-witness, we have to define what kind of keyphenomenon constitutes a religious intuition.

Keywords: phenomenology; philosophy of religion; hermeneutics; Husserl; Heidegger; Marion

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About the article

Received: 2017-06-02

Accepted: 2017-08-28

Published Online: 2017-09-23

Published in Print: 2017-09-26


Citation Information: Open Theology, ISSN (Online) 2300-6579, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2017-0040.

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