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Humanity in Schillebeeckx's hermeneutic phenomenology

towards a methodology

Ramona Simut

pp. 139-155

This paper offers an analysis of Edward Schillebeeckx’s insights on different perceptions of revelation as related to concepts like salvation, God, church, human experience and creation in the work Jesus in Our Western Culture. The incentive of Schillebeeckx’s hermeneutical method in nowadays Western phenomenology, upon which God “breathed his breath of life”, triggered our interest in meanings which Schillebeeckx ascribes to human history as the realm of God’s work for the benefit of men and women. This meaning is suggested in the very beginning of the book by its original Dutch title If Politics is not Everything. As stated in this work’s introduction, Schillebeeckx’s main theme is the origin of salvation in the humanum, from the Abba experience to nowadays revelatory events. Our attempt is to see how Schillebeeckx’s humanum, which is the embodiment of human experience of consciousness, becomes relevant for the Christian doctrines and why Schillebeeckx reckons that bringing them together would impact both his worldview and Western culture.

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DOI: 10.1080/00071773.2018.1431008

Full citation:

Simut, (2018). Humanity in Schillebeeckx's hermeneutic phenomenology: towards a methodology. Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 49 (2), pp. 139-155.

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