The Michel Henry Reader

The Michel Henry Reader

Edited by Scott Davidson and Frédéric Seyler

From beginning to end, the philosophy of Michel Henry offers an original and profound reflection on life. Henry challenges the conventional understanding of life as a set of natural processes and a general classification of beings. Maintaining that our access to the meaning of life has been blocked by naturalism as well as by traditional philosophical assumptions, Henry carries out an enterprise that can rightfully be called “radical.” His phenomenology leads back to the original dimension of life—to a reality that precedes and conditions the natural sciences and even objectivity as such.
The Michel Henry Reader is an indispensable resource for those who are approaching Henry for the first time as well as for those who are already familiar with his work. It provides broad coverage of the major themes in his philosophy and new translations of Henry’s most important essays. Sixteen chapters are divided into four parts that demonstrate the profound implications of Henry’s philosophy of life: for phenomenology; for subjectivity; for politics, art, and language; and for ethics and religion.

About the Author

MICHEL HENRY (1922–2002) is widely recognized as one of the most important figures in French phenomenology. He is the author of many books, including The Essence of Manifestation, Seeing the Invisible: On Kandinsky, and Incarnation: A Philosophy of Flesh.

SCOTT DAVIDSON is a professor of philosophy at West VIrginia University.

FRÉDÉRIC SEYLER is an associate professor of philosophy at DePaul University. 

“The thought of Michel Henry is presented in this book in all its unity and breadth. This homage makes patently clear the respect we owe to his work.” —Emmanuel Falque, author of God, the Flesh, and the Other