, Volume 50, Issue 3, pp 503-504
Date: 21 May 2011

Review of Phenomenology and Eschatology: Not Yet and the Now, edited by Neal DeRoo and John Panteleimon Manoussakis

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The editors admit it isn’t evident why one should attempt a book on eschatology and phenomenology. Manoussakis writes ‘The association between eschatology and phenomenology might seem strange to the reader: what does the theology of the things-to-come have in common with the philosophy of the things-themselves?’ (83). Anyway, ‘What does . . . Freiburg have to do with Patmos?’ (2). Eschatology and phenomenology, while ‘structurally similar, would seem to have little to do with each other except for a shared period of intellectual popularity (and that not even in the same discipline)’ (5). Contemporary eschatologies require a notion of time that might take seriously the ‘already but not yet character’ of contemporary eschatological expectation. This is also an element of phenomenological description. In this respect the essays that make up the book argue ‘that the disciplines of eschatology and phenomenology overlap in a fundamental and meaningful way’ (11). The questions of temporality, ...