Introduction: The Philosophy of Michel Henry

Roberto Formisano, Garth W. Green


While Michel Henry is, in the words of Jean Leclercq, “l’un des plus grands
penseurs français du XXème siècle,” his philosophical contributions remained,
throughout his career, anomalous or eccentric, in the etymological sense of that
term. Still today, a perduring hermeneutic approach to his philosophy remains
itself, in a certain and salient sense, extraneous or external. Such an approach
characterized Jean Lacroix’s (positive, or affirmative) proclamation, in 1966, of
Henry as “le nouveau Bergson.” It continues today when Dominique Janicaud
interprets Henry (negatively, or critically) in light of a “tournant théologique,” as
a principal proponent of the “theologism of phenomenology.”

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