Revelation: The Phenomenon of God's Appearing

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

Revelation: The Phenomenon of God's             Appearing

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Having considered each mode of saturation individually, Jean-Luc Marion concludes his taxonomy of saturated phenomena by introducing a phenomenon that is saturated in all four divisions of Immanuel Kant's table of categories. This final instance of saturation is the phenomenon of “revelation”, which he proposes as “the last possible variation of the phenomenality of the phenomenon inasmuch as given…the paradox to the second degree and par excellence, which encompasses all types of paradox”. The account of Revelation is the most frequently criticized section of Being Given, with Dominique Janicaud and others suggesting that by introducing a theological domain, Marion compromises his repeated insistence that he is engaged in phenomenology rather than in theology. This controversy is exacerbated by suspicions about the influence of Marion's own religious beliefs on his work, prompted by his decision to offer Jesus Christ as the sole example and paradigm of Revelation.

Keywords: saturated phenomena; saturation; Jean-Luc Marion; phenomenality; Immanuel Kant; table of categories; revelation; phenomenology

Chapter.  16603 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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