Phenomenology of Veiling

Keywords: Hijab, phenomenology, Max Scheler, David le Breton, veiling, shame, skin, body


Covering appears to be a socio-cultural necessity for human beings. Covering styles are revealed in different forms in men and women. Covering the body in human history manifests itself as a result of necessity in social relations. The first human in the sources is the veiling problem of Prophet Adam and his wife Eve begins with their realization of their own lack of veiling. In this sense, veiling, apart from an innate necessity, is a need that arises with awareness and is related to being human. Max Scheler explains the feeling of shame as a feeling that arises as a result of the person who is between the lowest of creation and the highest of all first realizing it when the veil falls. From this point of view, veiling or veiling is a phenomenon needed as a requirement of Scheler's sense of shame, with the meanings of "to put a curtain between oneself and the other/somebody else, to hide inside or behind something", on the other hand, David Le Breton's of individuals revealing their own skin to society. It gains meaning as a message that is wanted to be given by the individual in social relations, seeing it as a limit.

How to Cite
Bulut Uslu, Nurefşan. 2023. “Phenomenology of Veiling”. Entelekya Logico-Metaphysical Review 7 (1), 31-43.