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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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Marion's Claims

Marion's Claims

(p.15) 1 Marion's Claims
Interpreting Excess

Shane Mackinlay

Fordham University Press

In Reduction and Givenness, Jean-Luc Marion argues that both Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger retain limits and conditions for phenomena by conceiving of them as constituted objects (Husserl) or in terms of being (Heidegger). According to Marion, these limits exclude or distort phenomena, especially those that are “not objectified” or “do not have to be”. Marion asserts that a reduction to givenness allows all phenomena to be given in themselves and as themselves because it has an “original absence of conditions and determinations”. Marion develops the theory of such a reduction to givenness in Being Given, which is his systematic elaboration of a phenomenology of givenness. In contrast to theories that understand phenomena as objects or in relation to being, a phenomenology of givenness understands phenomena as “purely and strictly given, without remainder, and owing all their phenomenality to givenness”.

Keywords:   Jean-Luc Marion, Reduction and Givenness, phenomena, objects, being, givenness, phenomenology, Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger

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