Phenomenology
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1. History of the concept. The terms “phenomenon” and “appearance” containa remarkable duality:something makes its appearance. We distinguish between what something is in and for itself (and for others) and the manner in which it shows itself to us. The phenomenon points back to a being (“in itself’) which is different from the appearance, while the identity and difference which dominate this combination constitute the very nature and the problem of the phenomenon. Must we look to that which is, in and of itself, more than appears or is displayed to us — or is that which appears the bein…

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Karl Lehmann, “Phenomenology”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 16 August 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-483X_smuo_COM_003240>
First published online: 2016



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