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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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Dazzling Idols and Paintings

Dazzling Idols and Paintings

(p.117) 5 Dazzling Idols and Paintings
Interpreting Excess

Shane Mackinlay

Fordham University Press

The second division in Immanuel Kant's table of categories is quality, or intensive magnitude. Marion describes phenomena that are saturated according to quality as dazzling. The intensity of the intuition given by them exceeds one's capacity to see and prevents one from perceiving them as objects. He discusses these phenomena exclusively in terms of visual perception, and proposes the idol as the paradigm of a phenomenon saturated according to quality, describing the way in which paintings can function as idols. Jean-Luc Marion discusses Kant's categories of quality in terms of the “anticipations of perception” that rule their application to objects. In these anticipations of perception, Kant argues that every appearance of the real has an “intensive magnitude; that is, a degree”. Before an object with extensive magnitude is formed by a synthesis of manifold perceptions, every sensation must itself have a magnitude, which indicates its “degree of influence on sense”.

Keywords:   Immanuel Kant, quality, phenomena, intuition, visual perception, paintings, idols, Jean-Luc Marion, table of categories, intensive magnitude

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