Life as a gift and donation. From the consensus to the life




philosophy of lifed, donation, grace, hope, phenomenology


The conception of life as a source of joy is not obvious, for it presupposes a concrete action of the subject: man must consent to his life. Thus, in order to experience the joy of life, it is necessary to learn to love it and to look at it attentively in order to accept it completely. This concept, however, can give rise to doubts because it can be confused with that of resignation. The article analyses life as a gift, and wants to explain some key concepts of the reflection of Martin Steffens: i.e., the conceptual couples consentement‑résignation and espoir‑espérance, in order to show not only how they differ between them but also what Is their primary and original function, within a phenomenology of life.


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