This paper attempts to specify the force of Michel Henry?s concept of life. It suggests that the phenomenological clarity of Henry?s concept of life is nevertheless accompanied by a certain ambiguity about the relationship between phenomenological description of life, on the one hand, and the value or pathos which is attached to ?life? in Henry?s work, on the other. The article pursues this relationship by showing how Henry?s account of life?s value is developed through two subsidiary but important ideas in Henry?s authorship: the notions of ?culture? and of ?barbarism?. It concludes that not even a material phenomenology can demonstrate that the attempt to find ?life? in ?the world? must always be (in Henry?s phrase) a ?ruinous confusion?
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Phénoménologie de la Vie.Michel Henry - 2003 - Presses Universitaires de France.
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