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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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Appearance without Reduction

Appearance without Reduction

(p.39) 3 Appearance without Reduction
The Appearing of God

Jean-Yves Lacoste

Oliver O’Donovan

Oxford University Press

Husserl understood “reduction” as the method with which scientific philosophy achieved a more exact description of things by bracketing out the question of their real existence. To this the chapter replies that even in the “natural attitude” there is reduction; perception is always concerned with the essence of phenomena, not with their existence. Yet there are some phenomena that are not susceptible of description by reduction, since agnosticism about their existence would falsify the appearance. Other people appear irreducibly, and so does speech itself. If we are to claim that God appears, we must assert that his appearance, too, is irreducible.

Keywords:   Husserl, reduction, essence and existence, phenomenon, God

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