The Face as Irregardable Icon

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 Face as Irregardable Icon

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The fourth kind of saturated phenomena proposed by Jean-Luc Marion is the phenomenon that is saturated according to modality. These phenomena are “irregardable” — they have an irreducible invisibility that prevents them from being looked at as objects. He proposes three figures of this type of saturated phenomenon: anamorphosis, icons, and the face. There are fundamental difficulties with Marion's general concept of saturation according to modality, and with his characterization of these phenomena's irregardability. Two different accounts of irregardability can be distinguished in Marion's various descriptions of anamorphosis, icons, and the face. His first account depends on an inversion of intentionality. By contrast, in his second account, although the phenomena cannot be looked at with an intention that attempts to constitute objects, their appearing still remains associated with a particular way of “looking” at them.

Keywords: Jean-Luc Marion; saturated phenomena; modality; invisibility; anamorphosis; icons; face; saturation; irregardability; intentionality

Chapter.  8233 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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