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Believing in Order to SeeOn the Rationality of Revelation and the Irrationality of Some Believers$
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Jean-Luc Marion

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823275847

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823275847.001.0001

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The Formal Reason of the Infinite

The Formal Reason of the Infinite

(p.30) 3 The Formal Reason of the Infinite
Believing in Order to See

Jean-Luc Marion

, Christina M. Gschwandtner
Fordham University Press

Proceeding from the realization of a kind of universality of the infinite present in most sciences, Marion develops a notion of the infinite as incomprehensibility, which he shows to be a defining and positive feature of the infinite. The infinite absolutely surpasses us. But this applies not only to the divine, but also to humans: humans are gods inasmuch as they bear the divine image and as a painting is called after the master who executed it. Christians have a responsibility to preserve this incomprehensibility of the other. We should never objectify the other, but instead defend the irreducibility of humanity as essentially incomprehensible and inexpressible in concepts.

Keywords:   Descartes, God, incomprehensibility, infinite, other, reason

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