Conclusion: Revising the Phenomenology of Givenness

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

Conclusion: Revising the Phenomenology of Givenness

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Jean-Luc Marion's phenomenology of givenness emphatically focuses phenomenology on phenomena themselves — as they give themselves. He carefully exposes how various phenomenological approaches entail limits and conditions on phenomena, and demonstrates the failings of theories that presume or imply such limits. By introducing the concept of saturated phenomena, he places at the center of his theory a group of phenomena that are often classified as exceptional or marginal, and thus disregarded. His accounts of these various saturated phenomena are a persuasive argument that their richness and complexity offer a far better paradigm for understanding phenomenality than do everyday phenomena such as objects. Indeed, Marion's claim about the paradigmatic status of saturated phenomena is so persuasive that it raises the question of whether all phenomena might not actually be saturated.

Keywords: Jean-Luc Marion; phenomenology; givenness; saturated phenomena; objects; phenomenality

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Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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