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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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The Hermeneutic Structure of Phenomenality

The Hermeneutic Structure of Phenomenality

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Interpreting Excess

Shane Mackinlay

Fordham University Press

One of the recurring questions addressed to Jean-Luc Marion concerns the role of hermeneutics in his phenomenology of givenness. In support of this defence, he cites his recognition of an “endless hermeneutics”, especially in his accounts of events and of the other person's face as icon. However, Marion's protestations are somewhat disingenuous because his “endless hermeneutics” is quite distinct from the more Heideggerian sense of hermeneutics that Richard Kearney's inquiry implies. Marion's “endless hermeneutics” refers to epistemic acts that interpret the meaning of a phenomenon after it has already appeared: the actual appearing of the phenomenon is fully accomplished independent of any such interpretations of its meaning. In Marion's case, interpretation is considered in the domains of the historical event and the face of another person.

Keywords:   Jean-Luc Marion, endless hermeneutics, givenness, phenomenology, interpretation, phenomenon, hermeneutics

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