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Interpreting Excess: Jean-Luc Marion, Saturated Phenomena, and Hermeneutics

Shane Mackinlay

Abstract

Jean-Luc Marion's theory of saturated phenomena is one of the most exciting developments in phenomenology in recent decades. It opens up new possibilities for understanding phenomena by beginning from rich and complex examples such as revelation and works of art. Rather than being curiosities or exceptions, these “excessive” or “saturated” phenomena are, in Marion's view, paradigms. He understands more straightforward phenomena, such as the objects of the natural sciences, as reduced and impoverished versions of the excess given in saturated phen ... More

Keywords: saturated phenomena, revelation, art, givenness, hermeneutics, Cartesian ego, active reception, natural sciences, Jean-Luc Marion, phenomenology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780823231089
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823231089.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shane Mackinlay, author