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Interpreting ExcessJean-Luc Marion, Saturated Phenomena, and Hermeneutics$
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Shane Mackinlay

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231089

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823231089.001.0001

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Interpreting Excess

Shane Mackinlay

Fordham University Press

Jean-Luc Marion first came to the attention of English-speaking readers with the appearance of God without Being in 1991, almost ten years after its French publication. In this work, Marion tries to develop a way of thinking about God that is not subject to the accusations of onto-theology leveled by Martin Heidegger at metaphysical conceptions of God. A saturated phenomenon is one that cannot be wholly contained within concepts that can be grasped by one's understanding. It gives so much in intuition that there is always an excess left over, which is beyond conceptualization. Marion's elucidation of saturation as the limit-case and paradigm of phenomenality allows him to demonstrate that phenomena are given on their own terms and without any restriction, rather than being given within limits imposed upon them by a subject who somehow constitutes them.

Keywords:   Jean-Luc Marion, God, onto-theology, saturated phenomenon, saturation, phenomenality, understanding

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