•  3
    This introductory essay discusses how the trope of “religious violence” is operative in contemporary discussions concerning the so-called “return of religion” and the “post-secular constellation.” The author argues that the development of a genuine phenomenology of “religious violence” calls on us to critically reconsider the modern discourses that all too unambiguously tie religion and violence together. In a first part, the paper fleshes out the fault lines of a secularist modernity spinning o…Read more
  •  2
    Recovering the Vertical
    PhaenEx 13 (2): 62-85. 2020.
    This paper examines the relationship between religion and violence from a phenomenological point of view. In the context of the so-called "return of the religious" and the crisis of contemporary social imaginaries, it deals with the supposedly disruptive and liberating potentials of religion in general, and religious violence in particular. The discussion revolves around the concept of "verticality" as developed by A. Steinbock and offers a generative interpretation of verticality's liberating a…Read more
  •  3
    This paper provides a phenomenological exploration of the phenomenon of collective violence, specifically by following the leading clue of war from Plato to the “new wars” of late globalization. It first focuses on the genealogy of the legitimization of collective violence in terms of “counter-violence” and then demonstrates how it is mediated by constructions of “the other” in terms of “violence incarnate.” Finally, it proposes to explore such constructions—including the “barbarian” in Greek an…Read more
  •  20
    A Schutzian Analysis of Prayer with Perspectives from Linguistic Philosophy
    with K. Hoshikawa
    Human Studies 40 (4): 543-563. 2017.
    In this paper, we propose to analyze the phenomenon of Christian prayer by way of combining two different analytical frameworks. We start by applying Schutz’s theories of “intersubjectivity,” “inner time,” “politheticality,” and “multiple realities,” and then proceed by drawing on the ideas and insights of linguistic philosophers, notably, Wittgenstein’s “language-game,” Austin’s “speech act,” and Evans’s “logic of self-involvement”. In conjoining these accounts, we wish to demonstrate how their…Read more
  •  68
    Towards a Relational Phenomenology of Violence
    Human Studies 36 (1): 43-66. 2013.
    This article elaborates a relational phenomenology of violence. Firstly, it explores the constitution of all sense in its intrinsic relation with our embodiment and intercorporality. Secondly, it shows how this relational conception of sense and constitution paves the path for an integrative understanding of the bodily and symbolic constituents of violence. Thirdly, the author addresses the overall consequences of these reflections, thereby identifying the main characteristics of a relational ph…Read more
  •  233
    Die Hypostase des Politischen und das Prinzip des Faschismus
    Studia Phaenomenologica 9 379-401. 2009.
    In this article I discuss Michel Henry’s concept of the political. I firstly show how it is derived within his radical phenomenology, secondly give an outline of his respective critique of totalitarianism, and finally question whether his approach is appropriate for adequately thinking the relationship between the social body and its symbolization, which is of paramount importance for any theoretical consideration of the political
  • Perspektiven des Lebensbegriffs. Randgänge der Phänomenologie
    with Stefan Nowotny
    Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 68 (1): 207-208. 2006.
  • Epoché und Reduktion. Formen und Praxis der Reduktion in der Phänomenologie
    with Rolf Kühn
    Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 66 (2): 391-392. 2004.
  •  16
    Phenomenology and the Post-secular Turn: Reconsidering the ‘Return of the Religious’
    with Jason W. Alvis
    International Journal of Philosophical Studies 24 (5): 589-599. 2016.
  •  96
    This essay explores the practical significance of Michel Henry’s “material phenomenology.” Commencing with an exposition of his most basic philosophical intuition, i.e., his insight that transcendental affectivity is the primordial mode of revelation of our selfhood, the essay then brings to light how this intuition also establishes our relation to both the world and others. Animated by a radical form of the phenomenological reduction, Henry’s material phenomenology brackets the exterior world i…Read more
  •  84
    Racism: On the phenomenology of embodied desocialization (review)
    Continental Philosophy Review 45 (1): 23-39. 2012.
    This paper addresses racism from a phenomenological viewpoint. Its main task is, ultimately, to show that racism as a process of “negative socialization” does not amount to a contingent deficiency that simply disappears under the conditions of a fully integrated society. In other words, I suspect that racism does not only indicate a lack of integration, solidarity, responsibility, recognition, etc.; rather, that it is, in its extraordinary negativity, a socially constitutive phenomenon per se . …Read more
  •  1
    "Michel Henry's" Radical Phenomenology of Life"
    with Rolf Kuehn
    Analecta Husserliana 80 497-502. 2002.
  •  14
    Phänomenologie der Gewalt
    Springer. 2014.
    Das vorliegende Buch präsentiert eine phänomenologische Analyse der verschiedenen Formen zwischenmenschlicher Gewalt und ihrer oft unterbelichteten Beziehungen. Auf der Grundlage einer Transformation der Phänomenologie und im Rekurs auf den aktuellen Diskurs der Gewaltforschung entwickelt es einen methodologischen Rahmen für eine nicht-reduktive Analyse von Gewalt, der in angewandten phänomenologischen Fallstudien erprobt wird. Gewalt war bislang vorwiegend in den Human und den Sozialwissensch…Read more
  • Die Beiträge des Bands analysieren die vielen Gesichter der Gewalt und fragen nach übergreifenden Wesenszügen des Phänomens Gewalt. In phänomenologischer Perspektive rücken sie das erfahrende Subjekt ins Zentrum der Analyse. Der Band fokussiert Gewalt als ein perspektivisches Phänomen, als erlittene, verübte oder aus der Perspektive Dritter erfahrene, etwa bezeugte Gewalt, ohne zu unterstellen, dass sich schlicht von der Gewalt reden ließe. Dass der Sinn der Gewalt immer perspektivisch erfahren …Read more
  • Alfred Schütz Und Die Hermeneutik (edited book)
    Uvk. 2010.
  •  120
    This paper lays the groundwork for developing a thorough-going phenomenological description of different phenomena of violence such as physical, psychic and structural violence. The overall aim is to provide subject-centered approaches to violence within the social sciences and the humanities with an integrative theoretical framework. To do so, I will draw primarily on the phenomenological accounts of Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Alfred Schutz, and thereby present guiding clues for a phenomenologic…Read more
  •  49
    On Seizing the Source: Toward a Phenomenology of Religious Violence
    International Journal of Philosophical Studies 24 (5): 744-782. 2016.
    In this paper I argue that we need to analyze ‘religious violence’ in the ‘post-secular context’ in a twofold way: rather than simply viewing it in terms of mere irrationality, senselessness, atavism, or monstrosity – terms which, as we witness today on an immense scale, are strongly endorsed by the contemporary theater of cruelty committed in the name of religion – we also need to understand it in terms of an ‘originary supplement’ of ‘disengaged reason’. In order to confront its specificity be…Read more
  • Perspektiven des Lebensbegriffs: Randgänge der Phänomenologie (edited book)
    with Stefan Nowotny
    Georg Olms. 2005.