The phenomenology of Michel Henry provides an original point of view on kinship. As discussed by Henry himself, kinship appeared to me to be one of the most fundamental, if not the most fundamental, question of his thinking, and therefore perhaps of thinking in general (considering Henry’s prominence in the field). It was therefore my task to try to report upon kinship, too rapidly, of course, from its historical foundations, in order to show why Henry’s phenomenology represents a sort of completion for it. The purpose of my summary is therefore to distinguish the ontologico-phenomenological moments that are the basis for the very possibility of defining a son, and also – which is not the same thing – what it is to “be a son”.
By Thierry Berlanda