God’s word and the Human word. Philosophy and Theology in Emmanuel’s Falque Phenomenology

Francesca Peruzzotti

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In this paper I propose a dialogue with the first two chapter of Crossing the Rubicon and their consequences in the conclusion of the same book, referring on theology and philosophy definition. In his analysis concerning hermeneutics Falque debate Ricoeur and Levinas’s positions in order to propose a different catholic hermeneutics of body and voice. It consequently determines a reflection on Eucharist and sacramentality. As a few Falque’s readers takes over (cf. Greisch, Bourgine), this proposal implies various difficulties referring to the statute of both hermeneutics and theology. I argue that the structure of revelation as God’s Word, determining a particular experience of the Bible text such as the one happening in the sacraments’ celebration (cf. Sacramentality of the Word) can complete these analysis (cf. Falque’s chapters considering the experience of reading both the Bible and the word in Le livre de l’expérience and God, the Flesh and the Other). The act of reading helps determining in a different way the relationship between man and God, that implies a new consideration of the intertwining between philosophy and theology proposed by Falque. In fact, I argue that Falque’s proposal still involves a radical separation between the two (received from Marion’s idea, while reversed), although a reflection on anthropology as the starting point of both theology and philosophy can returns a new epistemological interpretation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransforming the Theological Turn. Phenomenology with Emmanuel Falque
EditorsJ Alvis, M Koci
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • emmanuel falque
  • hermeneutics
  • phenomenology
  • the act of reading


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