2017 Phenomenology of Religious Experience

Topical Issue of Open Theology, Volume 3, Issue 1 (Dec 2017)


(ed. Olga Louchakova-Schwartz/Courtenay Crouch)

In this issue,  the editors present problematic of religious experience in philosophy and phenomenology, as related to massive evidence of religious experiencing in esotericism, mysticism, and experience-based theologies.  An novel approach to the study of religious experience suggests integration of multiple phenomenological perspectives which, instead of creating interdisciplinary constraints, illumine religious intuition with regard to its positioning in different horizons of inquiry. Religious experience appears as generating its own lifeworld which can be further subjected to constitutive analyses in any of its forms, such as static (i.e., structural), genetic (temporal), and generative (historical) analysis.  This framework further develops towards the idea of the regional ontology of the holy unifying conditions of possibility for religious experience which manifest themselves across different domains and spheres of consciousness.  It is possible that the lifeworld of the everyday would be “masking” the Holy while the Holy can be spontaneously “unmasking” itself, that is, coming out of anonymity in instances of religious experiencing. In oral transmission and traditional texts, religious experience is deployed from interiority into intersubjectivity. The forms of religious experiencing add up (not unlike adumbrations in Husserl’s view of sensory objects) thereby creating a picture of the essence of religious experiencing on the whole.


Religious Experience, Adumbrated: Towards a Phenomenological Ontology of the Region

Louchakova-Schwartz, Olga / Crouch, Courtenay

Religion and the Appresentative Mindset

Barber, Michael D.

Phenomenology and the Possibility of Religious Experience

Mercer, Ronald L.

Phenomenology’s Rejects: Religion after Derrida’s Denegations

Alvis, Jason W.

The Sound of a Small Whisper: Ordinary Religious Experience

Kugelmann, Robert

Modest Reflections on the Term ‘Religious Experience’

Torre, Michael Durham

The Numinous, the Ethical, and the Body. Rudolf Otto’s “The Idea of the Holy” Revisited

Nörenberg, Henning 

Key-Phenomenon and Religious Meaning

Lomuscio, Vincenzo

Heidegger and Scripture: The Calling of Thinking in Our Abandonment

Costello, Peter

A Place of Encounter with a Divine. Heidegger on the Spatiality of Religious Experience

Nitsche, Martin

Michel Henry: from the Essence of Manifestation to the Essence of Religion

Canullo, Carla

Qualia of God: Phenomenological Materiality in Introspection, with a Reference to Advaita Vedanta

Louchakova-Schwartz, Olga

From Self-Attaching to Self-Emptying: An Investigation of Xuanzang’s Account of Self-Consciousness

Li, Jingjing

Religious Experience and Photography: The Phenomenology of Photography as Revelatory of the Religious Play of Imagination

Carreño, Javier E.

All full text articles are available at https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/opth.2017.3.issue-1/issue-files/opth.2017.3.issue-1.xml


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