Michel Henry: affectivity and hallucination

Andrés Eduardo Aguirre Antúnez, Florinda Martins

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In this article, we show how Michel Henry takes hallucination as a paradigm of the phenomenality of life. According to him, the phenomenality of hallucination refers us to the affective life laid bare by the phenomenality of subjective life. And because the affective life is pure experience brought to existence from life through modes of hearing, vision, anxiety, fear, in it, hallucination, while phenomenon suspended in its own phenomenality, appears as a phenomenon that is exemplary of life, though experienced in a feeling of pure intolerability of this affective experience of life. However, it is from the experience of intolerability of the self-experience of life that one finds, inherent to the feeling of affection of life, the possibility of reverting suffering into fruition. We also show convergences between the phenomenality of the affective life and clinical, laboratorial or other practices, and their developments into interdisciplinarity in our research group.
Translated title of the contributionMichel Henry: afetividade e alucinação
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-183
Number of pages7
JournalRevista da Abordagem Gestaltica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015


  • Experience of oneself
  • Hallucination
  • Unbearableness
  • Pure possibility
  • Interdisciplinarity


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