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The Christian Philosophy of Sickness. A Phenomenological Approach


Using the phenomenological method and an Orthodox theological perspective, this text approaches the assumption of sickness and suffering through faith. Analyzed from the perspective of the concept-intuition couple, sickness and faith are asymmetrical, the former being rich in intuition, but lacking concept, whereas the latter being rich in concept, but lacking intuition. This asymmetry allows the shift of intuition from sickness to faith, which strengthens the latter and, at the same time, is an explanation for the way sickness can be assumed through faith, and the faith strengthened through sickness.

Keywords: the phenomenology of sickness, faith, saturated phenomenon, the assumption of sickness, Christian philosophy