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A Phenomenology of the Devout Life: A Philosophy of Christian Life, Part I

George Pattison


A Phenomenology of the Devout Life offers a phenomenological approach to the kind of Christian spirituality set out in François de Sales’s Introduction to the Devout Life but with parallels in other movements in both Protestant and Catholic spirituality. Situating the subject in relation to contemporary philosophical discussions of selfhood, the book arrives at a view of the devout self as essentially motivated by an affective orientation towards God that, via the experience of temptation and the practice of humility, subordinates reason to love and ends with self-annihilation. In this annihil ... More

Keywords: the devout life, phenomenology, selfhood, affection, will, temptation, humility, mortification, nothingness, mysticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198813507
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198813507.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George Pattison, author
1640 Professor of Divinity, University of Glasgow