The Hermeneutic Structure of Phenomenality

Shane Mackinlay

in Interpreting Excess

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780823231089
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235292 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

The Hermeneutic Structure of             Phenomenality

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One of the recurring questions addressed to Jean-Luc Marion concerns the role of hermeneutics in his phenomenology of givenness. In support of this defence, he cites his recognition of an “endless hermeneutics”, especially in his accounts of events and of the other person's face as icon. However, Marion's protestations are somewhat disingenuous because his “endless hermeneutics” is quite distinct from the more Heideggerian sense of hermeneutics that Richard Kearney's inquiry implies. Marion's “endless hermeneutics” refers to epistemic acts that interpret the meaning of a phenomenon after it has already appeared: the actual appearing of the phenomenon is fully accomplished independent of any such interpretations of its meaning. In Marion's case, interpretation is considered in the domains of the historical event and the face of another person.

Keywords: Jean-Luc Marion; endless hermeneutics; givenness; phenomenology; interpretation; phenomenon; hermeneutics

Chapter.  9448 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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