- Phenomenological method: reflection, introspection, and skepticism
- Transcendental phenomenology and the seductions of naturalism: subjectivity, consciousness, and meaning
- Respecting appearances: a phenomenological approach to consciousness
- On the possibility of naturalizing phenomenology
- The phenomenology of life: desire as the being of the subject
- Intentionality without representationalism
- Perception, context, and direct realism
- Colours and sounds: the field of visual and auditory consciousness
- Bodily intentionality, affectivity, and basic affects
- Thought in action
- Sex, gender, and embodiment
- At the edges of my body
- Action and selfhood: a narrative interpretation
- Self-consciousness and World-consciousness
- Self, consciousness, and shame
- The (many) foundations of knowledge
- The phenomenological foundations of predicative structure
- Language and non-linguistic thinking
- Sharing in truth: phenomenology of epistemic commonality
- Responsive ethics
- Towards a phenomenology of the political world
- Other people
- Experience and history
- The forgiveness of time and consciousness
- Hermeneutical phenomenology
- Something that is nothing but can be anything: the image and our consciousness of it
- Phenomenological and aesthetic epoché: painting the invisible things themselves
- Evidence in the phenomenology of religious experience
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter discusses the phenomenology of life. The a priori of correlation characterises the being as what presents itself in its appearances only by being absent from them, as offering itself up to an exploration, in the face of which it continuously steps back or withdraws. Transcendental life must contain something living in order to be able to characterise itself as life. Desire never meets its object except in the mode of the object's own absence, and this is why nothing stops it. The link between desire and the world is the truth of the relation between consciousness and object. The phenomenological dynamic that sees in desire the essence of the subject leads to a dynamic which has a truly ontological scope. In truth, ‘Life’ is the name given to the sense of Being: nothing that claims to be can stand outside life's embrace.
Renaud Barbaras is Professor of Philosophy at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and a Member of the Institut Universitaire de France. His publications include De l’être du phénomène: Sur l’ontologie de Merleau-Ponty (1991), La perception: Essai sur le sensible (1994), Le tournant de l’expérience: Recherches sur la philosophie de Merleau-Ponty (1998), Le désir et la distance: Introduction à une phénoménologie de la perception (1999), Vie et intentionnalité: Recherches phénoménologiques (2003), Introduction à la philosophie de Husserl (2004), Le mouvement de l’existence. Etudes sur la phénoménologie de Jan Patočka (2007), Introduction à une phénoménologie de la vie (2008), L’ouverture du monde. Lecture de Jan Patočka (2011), and La vie lacunaire (2011).
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