The religious attitude

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This essay begins from Husserl’s argument, in the Crisis of European Sciences, for a conversion from a pre-reflexive, ‘natural attitude’ to the world (in which the constitution and significance of surrounding things is taken for granted) to a phenomenological attitude that attends to the ways in which things and their significance are constituted in our awareness. For Husserl, religious faith is a manifestation of the natural attitude, and is superseded by phenomenological attention to the world. This essay argues for a more complex understanding of a distinctive religious attitude that shares with the phenomenological attitude a reflexive interest in the ‘how’ of object constitution, but involves a commitment to the constitutive agency not only of the self but also of God. The essay develops this description by analogizing a religious attitude to attitudes relevant to aesthetic experience.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-46
JournalArchivio di filosofia
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Husserl
  • Phenomenology
  • Life world
  • Natural attitude
  • Religious attitude
  • Religion and art


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