The Theory of Saturated Phenomena

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 Theory of Saturated Phenomena

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Jean-Luc Marion's claims about givenness and the self of the phenomenon culminate in his new category of “saturated” phenomena. According to Marion, some phenomena give more intuition than is needed to fill a subject's intention. Such phenomena are “saturated” with intention, and exceed any concepts or limiting horizons that a constituting subject could impose upon them. Marion describes five possible types of saturated phenomenon, and then presents a “figure” as an example of each type. Marion develops his concept of saturated phenomenon across three main texts. In Marion's early texts, saturated phenomena are introduced as a way of making space in philosophy for specifically religious phenomena. Even in his later texts where Marion omits this religious context, the examples of saturated phenomena that he chooses are somewhat obscure, and might be regarded as no more than interesting curiosities.

Keywords: Jean-Luc Marion; givenness; saturated phenomena; intuition; subject; philosophy; intention

Chapter.  7321 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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