Being Given

Robyn Horner

in Rethinking God as Gift

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780823221219
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235599 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Being Given

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This chapter examines the Étant donné, published in 1997, which represents the fullest account of Marion's phenomenology to date. It examines four of the five books of Étant donné to see how Marion responds to the critics of Réduction et donation. It clarifies and extends the achievements of Réduction et donation. The first book focuses on the formula reached in the final pages of Réduction et donation. After asserting the legitimacy of his reading of Husserl and Heidegger in terms of givenness, Marion then explores what givenness as a horizon might mean. The idea that the phenomenon can be reduced to a pure given is subject to two objections, which Marion reduces to one: how to justify the privilege given to givenness? Marion claims that givenness has two senses: the result of givenness (the given) and givenness as a process (to give).

Keywords: Étant donné; Réduction et donation; givenness; the given; horizon; phenomenon

Chapter.  16148 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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