The Guide to Gethsemane

Anxiety, Suffering, Death

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Emmanuel Falque
George Hughes
Perspectives in Continental Philosophy
  • New York, NY: 
    Fordham University Press
    , November
     200 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Matthew Clemente forthcoming.


Already widely debated upon its publication in French, this book offers a provocative account of Christ’s Passion in terms not of faith but of a “credible Christianity” that can remain meaningful to nonbelievers.

For Falque, anxiety, suffering, and death are not simply the “ills” of our society but the essential horizon of what we confront as humans. Doubtful of Heidegger’s famous statement that the notion of salvation renders Christians unable authentically to experience anxiety in the face of death, Falque explores the Passion with a radical emphasis on the physicality and corporeality of Christ’s suffering and death, and on continuities with the mortality of our bodies. Written in the wake of a friend’s death, Falques’s study is theologically and philosophically rigorous, yet engagingly written and deeply humane.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Emmanuel Falque is Honorary Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at the Catholic University of Paris.

George Hughes has served as Professor in the Faculty of Letters at the University of Tokyo.


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