Being Reconfigured presents some of the most brilliant and audacious theses in recent phenomenological research. Challenging so much post-Heideggerian doxa, it argues against contemporary phenomenology's denegation of Being, but suggests, as well, that phenomenology itself can provide a viable and fruitful alternative to this impasse. Specifically, Being Reconfigured delineates the source of phenomenology's 'refusal' of Being, in Husserl; the main strands it demonstrates, in Marion and Levinas; and the fundamental problems its entails-in Marion, the necessary retention of a 'metaphysical' subject, and in Levinas, the necessary revival of Kantian dualisms and diremptions. Beyond this critical survey, however, Leask also provides an alternative perspective, through a reassessment of Edith Stein's 'generous ontology.' This reassessment involves: delineating Stein's Patristic and Scholastic sources; amplifying her suggestions, through the work of Michel Henry, Merleau-Ponty and Levinas himself; and demonstrating the contemporary significance of Stein's phenomenology of Being-sustained and Being-safe(ty). By considering Being in these Steinian terms of support, safety and charity, Leask concludes, we might begin to overcome the difficulties described in the book's earlier chapters-and to do so by radically reassessing the 'nature' of the Being that we take for granted.
|Publisher:||Cambridge Scholars Publishing|
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About the Author
Ian Leask is Lecturer in Philosophy at the Mater Dei Institute, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland.