Phenomenology, Empathy, Transcendentals, Time, Faith, Speculative Realism, Language, Beauty, G.M. Hopkins, Merleau-Ponty
Phenomenology speaks not directly of phenomena but rather of the
appearing of phenomena. In so speaking it moves from the level of
things with generic or proper names to the level of universal terms.
In speaking and thinking the phenomenon Phenomenology comes
“after” in the twofold sense of being too late and desiring for that
which is to come. This paper explores this place of phenomenology
with respect to the relation of faith and reason, the manner of
speaking phenomenologically and the affective and temporal
situation of experience. Drawing on the pre-modern concept of the
transcendentals and on an account of emphatic consciousness of
things, this article argues that the future of phenomenology is as a
form of metaphysics which remains focused on experience and the
“promise” of things that guides and structures perception.