«Sophia» XVI (2024)

Table of Contents and Abstracts: Issues 1 and 2

«Sophia», Year XVI (2024), Issue 1: On the Relationship between Phenomenology and Revelation


On the Relationship between Phenomenology and Revelation (T. Bertolasi)




Manifestation and Revelation: Phenomenology of the exposition of God in Jesus (Pierangelo Sequeri)

Abstract: The work takes the perspective of a “correction” of the phenomenological evidence: understood as an unavailable form of the symbolic experience of meaning, intrinsically marked by the necessary dispatch to the invisible axiological of meaning. In this rectification, the giving of meaning is irreducible to the description of empirical meaning (referred to as “manifestation”), but makes it indispensable for the determination of lived meaning (referred to as “revelation”). The reflections presented are intended to make explicit the special interest of this retraction of phenomenological epistemology for the theology of the revelation of God’s truth in the manifestation of the body of the Lord. 

Keywords: Phenomenology – Revelation – Manifestation – Credibility – Christology

Read full article in Italian: «Sophia» XVI (2024-1) 11-19

"Revelation" in Emmanuel Falque's Phenomenology (Paul Gilbert S.I.)

Abstract: Several conferences on the theme of revelation have been organized in French-speaking countries over the last half-century. The first, in 1977, brought together authors such as Ricoeur and Lévinas. The most recent, in 2016 and 2021, included papers by Falque and Marion. This article, which focuses on Falque, highlights the developments in phenomenology on the question of revelation.

Keywords: Phenomenology – Falque – Levinas – Marion – Ricoeur

Read full article in French: «Sophia» XVI (2024-1) 21-36

Phenomenology and Revelation (Nicola Reali)

Abstract: Theology’s predisposition to perceive in phenomenology a methodological and content framework more disposable than others to theological-Christian assimilation is undoubtedly one of the key concerns of contemporary theology. Based on this assumption, the Article attempts to highlight the main methodological paradigms on which to evaluate the attempts to date and lay the groundwork for new development. In particular, attention is brought to a non-disciplinary consideration of Phenomenology and to the “Reduction” as the institutive gesture of the phenomenological method.

Keywords: Phenomenology – Theology – Revelation – Phenomenological Reduction

Read full article in Italian: «Sophia» XVI (2024-1) 37-46

Religion and Revelation in Edmund Husserl's Phenomenology (Luis R. Rabanaque)

Abstract: Husserl deals with God and religion within metaphysics, which starts from the factum. We will examine, first, the distinction between eidos and factum, and then briefly consider the relationship between teleology and theology. The analysis of the types of religious experience will finally allow us to address the problem of Revelation as the discovery and call of God to human beings.

Keywords: Husserl – Phenomenology – Religion – Revelation – God

Read full article in Spanish: «Sophia» XVI (2024-1) 47-57

The Other of Existence: On the trail of a theological phenomenology (Antonio Bergamo)

Abstract: Just as French phenomenology seems to be characterized by a theological turn, so 20th century theology in turn seems to manifest a phenomenological intonation. This contribution, listening to these attempts, attempts to reread this relationship in the light of certain conceptual plexuses: form, flesh, intersubjectivity. Through these, an attempt will be made to delineate the “place” of Revelation.

Keywords: Form – Flesh – Intersubjectivity – Otherness – Lévinas

Read full article in Italian: «Sophia» XVI (2024-1) 59-70

Phenomenology and Revelation in the Work of Jean-Luc Marion (Giuseppe Pintus)

Abstract: The article aims to retrace the philosophical journey of Jean-Luc Marion, from his initial works to the present, in order to demonstrate its development and the lines of coherence in which his latest major work on Revelation is situated.

Keywords: Jean-Luc Marion – Revelation – French Phenomenology – Giveness – Picture

Read full article in Italian: «Sophia» XVI (2024-1) 71-84

Phenomenology, Ontology, Revelation: The Trinitarian contribution of Klaus Hemmerle (Raul Buffo)

Abstract: This contribution aims to investigate the plausibility and implications of a phenomenal concept of Revelation following the Trinitarian intuitions of Klaus Hemmerle, that favors a recovery of ontology as a third pole capable of adequately mediating the relationship between philosophy/phenomenology and theology/Revelation. 

Keywords: Revelation – Phenomenology – Trinitarian Ontology – Claritas – Hemmerle

Read full article in Italian: «Sophia» XVI (2024-1) 85-99

Transformative Dimensions of the Present: Notes in the margins of Igino Giordani's thought (Alberto Lo Presti)

Abstract: Igino Giordani was a protagonist of the twentieth century. His political and intellectual action was inspired by the principles of peace and social justice. He fought lonely battles in difficult times, in which there was no place for prophets of hope. By joining Chiara Lubich’s Focolare Movement, she reorganized her experience by focusing it on the reasons for the transformation of the present in view of the unity conceived as the destiny of the cosmos.

Keywords: Consistency – Catholicism – Martyrdom – Apologetics – Politics

Read full article in Italian: «Sophia» XVI (2024-1) 101-113

Relation and Unity: The problem of non-relational nexus in the immanentist realism of David M. Armstrong (Francesco F. Calemi)

Abstract: This essay will eminently concern the non-relational immanenstist realism outlined by David Armstrong in Universal and Scientific Realism. After clarifying its nature we will review the main criticisms that have been addressed to this doctrine and I will indicate some possible responses. Finally it will be presented a new objection to the non-relational realism.

Keywords: Non-relational Realism – David Armstrong – Unity – Relation – Universal and Scientific Realism

Read full article in Italian: «Sophia» XVI (2024-1) 115-130




«Tyranny, Sophistry, Hypocrisy» as Denial of Trinitarian Communion (Matteo Raffaelli)

Abstract: This article starts from a reading of Parmenides’ ontology as the foundation of social community, seen in parallel with Jesus’ message of infinite communion. Tommaso Campanella refers to Parmenides’ ontology, read in the light of the doctrine of the Trinity, as centered on the “toticipative” unity of power, wisdom and love. The denial of such unity in the modern conception of knowledge as pure abstraction and domination, is characterized as “tyranny, sophistry, hypocrisy”. This article tries to actualize Campanella’s vision.

Keywords: Parmenides – Jesus’ message – Tommaso Campanella – Trinitarian ontology – Mercantile-technocratic world

Read full article in Italian: «Sophia» XVI (2024-1) 131-142

The Image of Mary in Fichte's Thought: Some considerations on will and beatitude in the context of the Wissenschaftslehre (Maurizio Maria Malimpensa)

Abstract: This essay aims to investigate the presence of the figure of Mary of Nazareth within Fichte’s theological and philosophical reflection. Indeed, through the reading of a youthful sermon that German philosopher dedicates to the Holy Virgin, it is also possible to find in later works of a philosophical nature an influence of meditation on the meaning of the Incarnation in the elaboration of concepts fundamental to Fichte’s philosophical system, such as those of will and bliss. Indeed, in precisely such a mature text as The Way Towards the Blessed Life it is possible to see these concepts united in the moving description of the Mother of God, seen as an ideal of supersensible beauty and an example of religious life. 

Keywords: Mary of Nazareth – Fichte – Transcendental Philosophy – Christianity – Bliss

Read full article in inglese: «Sophia» XVI (2024-1) 143-155


Between Interiority and the World: Transdisciplinary glances between Romano Guardini's Weltanschauung and Pitirim A. Sorokin's integral epistemology (Andrea Galluzzi e Licia Paglione)

Abstract: The need to delineate cognitive “seeings” to understand the increasingly complex reality is a challenge in the contemporary epistemological debate. In this scenario, transdisciplinarity emerges as a valid reference to outline an integral form of knowledge. Both Guardini’s Weltanschauung and Sorokin’s integral epistemology seem to offer epistemological convergent “seeings”, attuned to a transdisciplinary approach. The essay proposes a rereading of this authors’ thought in the light of this intuition.

Keywords: Transdisciplinarity – Complexity – Integral epistemology – Weltanschauung – Guardini – Sorokin

Read full article in Italian: «Sophia» XVI (2024-1) 157-171

Church: from the I to the We on the way to the One. A reading of ecclesiology from mereology (Marco Fiore)

Abstract: The article proposes a particular reinterpretation of ecclesiology through a mereologic model, in order to describe the community in its dynamism and interrelation, in communication with tradition and the magisterium council. Mereology, studies starting from the One and then to the parts, it looks at the One so that, the final point will not be exclusively of the communion We, but, the One, known as the original point from which we start and where we arrive. From this perspective of unity, the implications, from an ecumenical point of view are very interesting.

Keywords: Dynamicity – Relationality – Part/Whole – Communion – Unity

Read full article in Italian: «Sophia» XVI (2024-1) 173-184


Phenomenology and Revelation: A dialogue starting with «The Womb of God» by Pierangelo Sequeri

Abstract: This issue’s “Forum” is dedicated to the reflections fruit of a dialogue held between the authors Massimo Donà, Andrea Bellantone and Vito Impellizzeri during the presentation of the 5th volume of the “Dynamic Dictionary of Trinitarian Ontology”, dedicated to Pierangelo Sequeri’s book, Il grembo di Dio (Città Nuova, 2023), held online on 17 November 2023.

Keywords: Phenomenology – Revelation – Trinitarian Ontology – Sequeri – Creative Affection

Read the Forum in Italian: «Sophia» XVI (2024-1) 185-205

          Massimo Donà, About a “Living” and “Generating” Eternity (pp. 186-197)

          Andrea Bellantone, A Note for Reading “The Womb of God” by P. Sequeri (pp. 198-201)

          Vito Impellizzeri, The Hospitality of the Womb of God (pp. 202-205)

«Sophia», Year XVI (2024), Issue 2: will be published in December 2024

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