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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

In Immanuel Kant's table of categories, the categories of quantity form the first division. Correspondingly, saturation according to quantity is the first type of saturation studied by Jean-Luc Marion. The phenomena that he proposes as paradigm-forming for this type of saturation are events. However, Marion's discussion of events is not limited to their saturation. The fact that people see most phenomena as objects, rather than as saturated, reintroduces a role for the subject that is contrary to Marion's view, and thereby gives rise to difficulties in his theory. These difficulties point to the hermeneutic dimension of events appearing, a dimension that is largely ignored by Marion. Marion proposes events as examples of one particular type of saturated phenomenon. Additionally, he uses events to describe a general characteristic of all phenomena — their “eventual character” or “eventness”.

Keywords:   Immanuel Kant, quantity, saturation, Jean-Luc Marion, events, phenomena, table of categories

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