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Transcending Boundaries in Philosophy and Theology

ByMartin Warner

Phenomenology practises a teleology aimed at recovering the primordial. From its earliest examinations with Husserl, phenomenology as a philosophical project that takes seriously the end of metaphysics announced by Nietzsche has been submitting intuitions and their access to intentions to further and further reductions. Now while Taylor in no way wishes to espouse a linguistic idealism that there is nothing out there but what language constructs; a purely immanent project indeed it becomes impossible to distinguish between description and interpretation. The question arises with the theological turn in phenomenology as to what the difference would be between the necessary and legitimate perception as interpretation, intention always bound up with representation, and the theological as an unnecessary and illegitimate hermeneutic. Aquinas commentary on Aristotle here is important because of the manner in which the faculties of the senses are often hierarchized, not only in Christian theology, but perhaps through Christian theology in philosophy more generally.