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This essay argues that Richard Kearney’s philosophical work has something important to say to phenomenological psychology and, in turn, has something important to learn from it. It begins by highlighting a movement of return after deconstruction, consistent throughout Kearney’s oeuvre, that emerges clearly in the recently published Imagination Now collection—which contains some of Kearney’s most important writings. It then shows how this movement is a fundamentally therapeutic endeavor. A quick review of several recent volumes about Kearney’s work makes clear how his philosophy suggests an embodied and not simply a linguistic approach to therapy. As such, a certain phenomenological psychology is revealed as being implicitly operative in Kearney’s work. The essay then ends by highlighting three possible benefits of having phenomenological psychologists engage with Kearney’s work: a revaluation of the non-cognitive aspects of subjective constitution, a renewed look at the role of both the narrative and carnal dimensions in psychological research and psychotherapy, and an even more enhanced socio-cultural role for phenomenological psychology.

In: Journal of Phenomenological Psychology
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This paper seeks to understand the concept of revelation through the lens of a phenomenological understanding of expression and of spirituality. In doing so, it speaks of revelation in transcendental (i.e., experience-constituting) terms, rather than simply in terms of what is experienced. This enables the development of a general structure of revelation that applies in both a prosaic or everyday sense and in a narrower religious sense of “divine revelation.” In the former sense, the paper shows how various levels of transcendental experience are “revealed” in everyday experience. In the latter sense, it examines how the divine might be revealed, not simply as the content of revelation (i.e., as what is revealed), but as a distinct way of experiencing the world (a way of generating unique types of Empfindnisse, in Husserlian language) or as the most basic form of experiencing itself (which the paper refers to as “spirituality”).

In: Journal for Continental Philosophy of Religion