The Limits of Phenomenolog

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

The Limits of Phenomenolog

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This chapter examines the legitimacy of Marion's readings, bearing in mind the questions about God, the gift, and phenomenology that motivate the inquiry. The debate of Marion and Derrida focuses on the nature and limits of phenomenology. For Derrida, phenomenology is about presence, and where it fails to bring into presence it fails as a methodology. For Marion, phenomenology is also about presence, but without that presence equating to the fullness of intuition. For Derrida givenness equals presence, whereas for Marion givenness may equal presence, but not in the sense of present to intuition. The chapter argues that the breakdown of classical phenomenology happens at the point where what is given exceeds conscious thematization, as seen in a negative way when Janicaud indicates that any decisive reading of what surpasses intelligibility requires a leap of faith. The latter part of the chapter examines how Marion reads such phenomena, using the example of the icon.

Keywords: phenomenology; presence; givenness; thematization; icon; Janicaud

Chapter.  13267 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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