Welcoming Finitude

9780823286430: Hardback
Release Date: 1st October 2019

Dimensions: 152.4 x 228.6

Number of Pages: 352

Edition: 1st Edition

Series Orthodox Christianity and Contemporary Thought

Fordham University Press

Welcoming Finitude

Toward a Phenomenology of Orthodox Liturgy

Welcoming Finitude provides a philosophical (i.e., phenomenological) examination of the experience of liturgy, based on the example of Orthodox Christian liturgy, as it manifests in terms of time, space, corporeality, senses, affect, and the interaction with other people. It thus uncovers some of the basic structures of religious ritual experience.
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What does it mean to experience and engage in religious ritual? How does liturgy structure time and space? How do our bodies move within liturgy, and what impact does it have on our senses? How does the experience of ritual affect us and shape our emotions or dispositions? How is liturgy experienced as a communal event, and how does it form the identity of those who participate in it? Welcoming Finitude explores these broader questions about religious experience by focusing on the manifestation of liturgical experience in the Eastern Christian tradition. Drawing on the methodological tools of contemporary phenomenology and on insights from liturgical theology, the book constitutes a philosophical exploration of Orthodox liturgical experience.

Preface | ix

Acknowledgments | xxi

Introduction | 1

1 Temporality | 31

2 Spatiality | 57

3 Corporeality | 80

4 Sensoriality | 101

5 Affectivity | 125

6 Community | 146

7 Intentionality | 167

Conclusion | 189

Notes | 205

Bibliography | 275

Index | 299

Christina M. Gschwandtner teaches Continental Philosophy of Religion at Fordham University. She is author of Reading Jean-Luc Marion: Exceeding Metaphysics, Postmodern Apologetics? Arguments about God in Contemporary Philosophy (Fordham), Degrees of Givenness: On Saturation in Jean-Luc Marion, and Marion and Theology, besides articles and translations at the intersection of phenomenology and religion.