Provocation: the Foundation of Values
TheIimportance of the Christian Existentialism of Gabriel Marcel and Existential Phenomenology for Moral Theology
(FKTh 2020-1, p. 15–37)
Moral theology is a subject with a constantly provoking name. It has to face the challenge
to explain its self-conception in a new way. Theology and moral explanations seem
to be unable to provide any explanations for life anymore – though the human person
stays an enigma to himself. Existential experiences cannot be avoided; they decide
whether life is experienced as success or as failure, whether it is meaningful or meaningless.
A Christian existentialism, though seemingly self-contradictive, can explain values
in the wider horizon of meaning. I prove this thesis by consulting Gabriel Marcel and the
existential phenomenology of Edith Stein. This argumentation permits to confront broken
meaning with the healing power of revelation.