Jean-Luc Marion

Richard Kearney

in Debates in Continental Philosophy

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780823223176
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235155 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Jean-Luc Marion

More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Philosophy


Show Summary Details


The saturated phenomenon is a kind of phenomenon that is characterized by a deficit in concept vis-à-vis intuition: such phenomena include the event, the idol, the flesh, and the other. In all these cases, there is a surplus of intuition over intention. It is precisely because of this surplus of intuition that Jean-Luc Marion argued that hermeneutics is necessary. This is mainly because hermeneutics is always an inquiry into further concepts: hermeneutics is generated when one witnesses an excess of information rather than its lack. Furthermore, Marion's final position on the theological character of the saturated phenomenon is that the four types of saturated phenomenon could all be recapitulated in the field of a phenomenology of revelation. Nevertheless, if one is allowed to take revelation—a theological concept—as a phenomenological question, then it should be done to the degree that revelation can be described as the combination of the four types of saturated phenomena.

Keywords: saturated phenomenon; deficit; intuition; intention; Jean-Luc Marion; hermeneutics; revelation

Chapter.  7981 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Fordham University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.