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"... a profoundly stimulating and satisfying piece of philosophy.... It is a book from which one really can learn something worthwhile." —Idealistic Studies
"... exceptionally well-written philosophy of religion... " —Mentalities
"... a most impressive phenomenology of religion... a splendid achievement... " —The Reformed Theological Review
"... challenging to scholars... interesting to general audiences." —International Journal for Philosophy of Religion
"... equal in clarity of thought and comprehensiveness of scope.... profoundly original." —The Reformed Journal
"Challenging and thought-provoking, this makes a fine... textbook in the philosophy of religion." —Religious Studies Review
"... its virtues as a textbook in phenomenology or philosophy of religion are extraordinary." —Faith and Philosophy
Examples from the writings of Kierkegaard, Freud, Heidegger, Dostoyevsky, Nietzsche, and Tolstoi illuminate Westphal’s thesis that guilt and death are the central problems of human existence.
Indiana University Press
Dr. Westphal's analysis of existential phenomenology makes heideggerian and husserlian phenomenology applied to religion rather accessible to the average reader, although having some background in these philosophers will help a great deal. Using husserlian bracketing and intentionality Dr. Westphal gives an exciting analysis of what it means to be a religious believer and how that applies phenomenologically to the individual. Dr. Westphal's work is a real stepping stone to the undeveloped area of continental philosophy of religion.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.