“[L]ife” is not the fascist life-force, vitalism, or physics-based analyses of “life” as events in the world. “Life,” as precisely what cannot be made present in perceptions or concepts, is an individual’s non-reflective self-awareness. As Henry often says, biology knows nothing of “life”.
[E]ach I’s self-givenness, its intimacy, to itself is not a “personal achievement”; rather one’s very self-consciousness and intimacy derives from the self-givenness, self-manifestation and self-generation of Life itself.
[I]n as much as life pursues what is non-living as the measure of itself life is a form of suicide.
James G. Hart, review of Michel Henry