The Exasperating Gift of Singularity: Edmund Husserl, Emmanuel Levinas, Michel Henry



The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends. (Friedrich Nietzsche, Ecce Homo, Foreword)

This book is concerned with the idea that, in light of the works of Edmund Husserl, Emmanuel Levinas and Michel Henry, phenomenology has an important contribution to make to the question of singularity.

It also demonstrates that the issue of a singular givenness, and/or of the givenness of singularity is highly consequential for justifying alternative views to a purist form of phenomenology.

REVIEW: “The book is extremely timely since it touches on themes that are of paramount importance within the phenomenological tradition in France today. Particularly impressive is Bogza’s use of Michel Henry, who is hardly known in the English speaking world and whose work is still in need of translation. Hopefully this book will bring about an interest in his work which is long overdue” (Dr. Lilian Alweiss, Trinity College Dublin, Department of Philosophy)

Table of Contents  

PART ONE: Phenomenology on Singularity  (Husserl)

I.The Problem and its Background

II. The Primitive Sense-Data, or Noncompounded Singulars

III. The Manifold-Unitary Singulars or Singularity as Particularity

IV. The Pre-phenomenal: Singularity as Uniqueness

PART TWO: Phenomenology of Singularity (E. Levinas and M. Henry)

V. Levinas on the Singularising Singularity of the Other

VI. Michel Henry on the Singular Ipseity of Life


About the author: Adina Bozga studied philosophy and political science in Bucharest, Romania. She obtained her PHD in Philosophy in  2003 from the University of Warwick, UK. She is the author of a series of articles in phenomenology and a member of the editorial board of «Studia Phaenomenologica». Her current research interests include social and political philosophy, and phenomenology.

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