Rethinking Interiority

Phenomenological Approaches

Edited by Elodie Boublil & Antonio Calcagno

Subjects: Continental Philosophy, Phenomenology, Religion, Cultural Studies, Spirituality
Series: SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Hardcover : 9781438493138, 232 pages, June 2023
Paperback : 9781438493121, 232 pages, December 2023

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Table of contents

Elodie Boublil and Antonio Calcagno

Part One: Interiority and Subjectivity

1. The Spatiality of Acosmic Interiority: A Phenomenological Attempt to Rethink “Lived Space”
Carla Canullo

2. Interiority, Exteriority, Being-In: A Concise Analysis
Hans Rainer Sepp

3. Self-Owning, Self-Transparency, and Inner Nudity: Hedwig Conrad-Martius on Interiority
Christina M. Gschwandtner

Part Two: Interiority, Alterity, and Transcendence

4. “In interiore homine": The Presence and Absence of the Divine in the Human
Angela Ales Bello

5. “It Is No Longer I Who Do It”: Interiority and the Foreign-Body
Brian W. Becker

6. Inner Distance and Surreptitious Patience According to Jean-Louis Chrétien
Emmanuel Housset

Part Three: Interiority and World: Metaphysical and Ethical Applications

7. The Self-Awakening (jikaku [自覚]) from the Citadel of the Self: Everything is Interconnected with Everything
Steve G. Lofts

8. Ultima Ratio Decisions and Absolute Interiority: From Hegel to Bonhoeffer
Christian Lotz

9. Critical Phenomenology and the Rehabilitation of Interiority
Ann V. Murphy

10. Joy, Interiority, and Individuation: A Steinian Account
Elodie Boublil

11. Gerda Walther’s Phenomenology of Interiority and the Idea of a Fundamental Essence
Antonio Calcagno


A philosophical investigation of the concept of interiority, presenting readers with its unmined aspects and senses.


A philosophical exploration of the concept of interiority, Rethinking Interiority presents readers with its unmined aspects and senses, including ideas of an inner world and life, personal identity, auto-affection, and its social and political dimensions as well as its ethical possibilities. Internationally recognized scholars and philosophers investigate figures in the history of phenomenology as well as recent developments in psychology and the neurosciences to uncover not only the depths of interiority but also how it comes to connect with and structure external reality. Western and Eastern philosophical positions are addressed, creating a fruitful dialogue in which readers are invited to participate.

Elodie Boublil is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris Est Créteil. Antonio Calcagno is Professor of Philosophy at King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.


"This rich, engaging collection remains grounded in a well-defined topic while opening our reflection on it to multiple perspectives. It attends to areas where interiority is frequently explored while reminding us that phenomenology, both old and new, has something important to say." — Jeffrey Bloechl, author of Levinas on the Primacy of the Ethical: Philosophy as Prophecy