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The Appearing of God$
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Jean-Yves Lacoste

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198827146

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198827146.001.0001

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Perception, Transcendence, and the Knowledge of God

Perception, Transcendence, and the Knowledge of God

(p.19) 2 Perception, Transcendence, and the Knowledge of God
The Appearing of God

Jean-Yves Lacoste

Oliver O’Donovan

Oxford University Press

AbstractStarting from Husserl’s account of perception, this chapter argues that every perceptual experience is fragmentary, so that the perception of any “thing” goes beyond the moment-by-moment appearances. The realm of phenomena is wider than that of perceptible entities; it includes values, numbers, etc., and some appearances that present themselves to feeling. God may appear in the realm of feeling, where love has priority over knowledge. Unclarity and incompleteness are essential to an experience that lays claim to the presence of the Absolute. That presence is not a “parousia”; its appearing is understood only in relation to its transcendence of appearance.

Keywords:   Husserl, perception, phenomenon, feeling, God, presence, parousia

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